Generalized Anxiety Disorder (Symptoms)

Extreme, unfounded worry that can interfere with sleep is usually accompanied by body symptoms ranging from tiredness to headaches to nausea. Treatment with antidepressants or other medications and psychotherapy, alone or combined, may alleviate the condition.

Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is characterized by six months or more of chronic, exaggerated worry and tension that is unfounded or much more severe than the normal anxiety most people experience. People with this disorder usually:

  • Expect the worst
  • Worry excessively about money, health, family or work, when there are no signs of trouble
  • Are unable to relax
  • Are irritable
  • are easily startled
  • can’t control their excessive worrying
  • Suffer from insomnia
  • Common body symptoms are: