About General Anxiety Disorder (GAD)

What do you know about Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD)? Let’s take a closer look at GAD – the symptoms, how to manage it, and what happens if it is left untreated.

What is Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD)?

Someone with Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD) often experience excessive, irrational, uncontrollable anxiety and worry. In severe cases, they will battle to function on a day to day basis, as they are constantly worrying about everyday things such as relationships, finances and issues at work.

A person with GAD could experience some of the following symptoms:

  • Insomnia
  • Fatigue (extreme tiredness)
  • Irritability
  • Sweating
  • Nausea and vomiting

Who Suffers from Generalised Anxiety Disorder?

GAD can be genetic, or it can be triggered by stressful situations. This could, for example, include: changing jobs, having a baby or having to cope with a physical illness. Or it could be triggered by witnessing or experiencing a traumatic event. And while women are more likely to develop GAD than men, men are less likely to talk about it – which can make it worse.

Our Resident Doctor Weighs In

We spoke to Dr Russell Thomson from Hello Doctor and he says that while most of us may experience some form of these symptoms at some time or another, people who have been diagnosed with Generalised Anxiety Disorder will struggle to cope with otherwise normal daily stressors, and this could handicap them depending on how severe the symptoms are. If left undiagnosed and untreated, excessive stress and anxiety can also affect a person’s physical health, which in turn could lead to heart disease and alcohol or substance abuse.

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If you ticked off 3 or more of the symptoms, it can’t hurt to see your doctor.