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What is generalized anxiety disorder?

I'm 45 years old, and I recently spoke with my doctor about some issues I've been having lately. He said it sounds like I have generalized anxiety disorder, but we didn't expand on it because I had to go to work. What is generalized anxiety disorder?

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It is one of the Clasifications of Diagnostic Statistical Manual V. ( DSM V ) 2014. It is a complex clacification that been using for many years by psychologists and psychiatrcs. The specialist have to explain after seen you ( psychologist or psychiatrist ).
Generalized anxiety disorder is a type of anxiety that you get diagnosed with when you have constant worry about things that don’t necessarily have anything to do with any specifics. For instance, when someone has trauma, if they see something or smell something, they get triggered and their anxiety rises. In this case, when someone has generalized anxiety disorder, you’re constantly worried about everything and anything. And you’ve tried to stop worrying. You don’t typically have panic attacks or anxiety attacks, but constantly worry about the future and what might or might not happen.
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All that term means is that you feel anxious without any particular cause - nothing threatening you in your life. Perhaps you feel worried about your health, but the doctor finds nothing wrong. Or you worry about a lot of things without specific cause. Some people will prescribe medication, others exercise or meditation techniques, others some therapy or counseling individually or in group.
A joke - just don’t worry about it!


Dr. Marian Shapiro
GAD is when you have anxiety in multiple settings. For example, you get anxious to talk to stranger, get anxious to cross a bridge, get anxious being in public, etc. Anxiety is one of the easiest disorders to be treated by a psychologist. Please look for a therapist's help.

Dr. Rosana Marzullo-Dove
Generalized Anxiety Disorder (often abbreviated 'GAD') involves an individual experiencing several symptoms of anxiety for more days than not over a 6 month (or greater) period of time. These symptoms include: feeling nervous/keyed up; tension; worry that is difficult to control; problems with concentration; sleep disturbance; and fatigue. These symptoms can also co-occur with depression. I recommend meeting with a mental health professional for a more comprehensive assessment. SSRIs and similar antidepressants along with psychotherapy are common treatments.
Here is a link to a list of symptoms that define Generalized Anxiety Disorder:
Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) refers to the symptoms of having excessive, and uncontrollable worry and anxiety about a number of events or activities (e.g. work, family, health, finances, relationships, social events/activities, etc). Additional symptoms may include difficulty falling or staying asleep (or unsatisfying sleep), restlessness, feeling keyed up or on edge, frequent irritability, fatigue, difficulty concentrating or mind going blank, and muscle tension. Anxiety represents dysregulation of the autonomic nervous system, which is most often caused by some form of trauma (in utero, birth trauma, chemical trauma, developmental trauma ranging from parental misattunement to abuse and neglect, shock trauma, medical trauma, near death experiences) and even just accumulated stress. Anxiety occurs when we are in a state of sympathetic hyperarousal. To learn more, I recommend the following books: In An Unspoken Voice and Waking the Tiger by Peter Levine, and When the Body Says No by Gabor Mate. You can also watch this and explore more of Irene Lyon's videos and website (
GAD is a disorder of excessive anxiety compared to others. One worried about general things more than others. Can slowly dissolve over a 6 month period but of still there then medication for anxiety is given. Vitamin B’s and Folic acid and Magnesium is good for that.
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