Generalised Anxiety Disorder

Generalised anxiety disorder (GAD) is a long-term mental health condition that causes a person to experience regular and uncontrollable fear about a number of different aspects or situations in their lives.

This section provides information about GAD. How it is diagnosed, possible causes and where to get further information and support.

The causes of GAD are not fully known, but having parents with the disorder, or experiencing stressful or traumatic events, may make it more likely.

GAD is similar to other anxiety disorders, but GAD causes anxiety about a wide range of situations and issues rather than one specific.

People living with GAD experience a wide range of physical and mental symptoms including fatigue, muscle pain, restlessness, difficulty concentrating, and poor sleep.

A combination of therapy and medication are often used to treat and manage GAD.

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