There is no shortage of things to worry about – from personal concerns about job security or health, to fears related to larger issues such as political conflicts or natural disasters. Temporary anxiety can be a healthy response to uncertainty and danger, but constant worry and nervousness may be a sign of generalized anxiety disorder.
Generalized anxiety disorder is characterized by debilitating worry and agitation about nothing in particular, or anything at all.
People with generalized anxiety disorder tend to worry about everyday matters. They can’t shake the feeling that something bad will happen, and they will not be prepared. They may worry to excess about missing an appointment, losing a job, or having an accident. Some people even worry about worrying too much.
Symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder
The following are well-observed symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder.
- Persistent, excessive worry about several different things for at least six months
- Fatigue, difficult sleeping, or restlessness
- Trouble concentrating
- Muscle tension
- Feeling tense or “on edge”
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