Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is a pattern of frequent, constant worry and anxiety over many different activities and events. Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is a common condition. Genes may play a role. Stressful life situations or learned behavior may also contribute to the development of GAD.
The disorder may start at any time in life, including childhood. Most people with the disorder report that they have been anxious for as long as they can remember. GAD occurs somewhat more often in women than in men.
The main symptom is the almost constant presence of worry or tension, even when there is little or no cause. Worries seem to float from one problem to another, such as family or relationship problems, work issues, money, health and other problems. Even when aware that their worries or fears are stronger than needed, a person with GAD still has difficulty controlling them.
The success of treatment usually depends on the severity of the generalized anxiety disorder. The disorder may continue and be difficult to treat, but most patients see great improvement with medications or behavioral therapy.
Note: This topic was prepared to help consumers find reliable health resources on the web. This site is not responsible for the information on other sites. The information here — and on all websites — is not intended to be a substitute for care given to you by a health professional.
- Mayo Clinic
- The Mayo Clinic's health-resource website offers information on diseases and conditions, healthy living, drugs and self-care. Physicians, scientists and researchers from Mayo Clinic share their expertise on this website.
- Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA)
- News, information and resources for professionals and people who suffer from anxiety disorders.
- Mental Health Connections, a joint project of the Health District and SummitStone Health Partners, offers information on mental health and substance abuse, as well as referrals to local counselors, treatment programs, classes, support groups and other services.
- Search for a Mental Health Provider, HealthInfoSource.com
- Search this site for a therapist or other mental health professional in greater Fort Collins.
- Best Health Sites
- This collection of web links, organized by site type, will help you find the health information you're looking for.