Important Info on Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment for Generalized Anxiety Disorder

What Are the Symptoms of Generalized Anxiety Disorder?

People with generalized anxiety disorder can't seem to shake their concerns, even though they usually realize that their anxiety is more intense than the situation warrants. Their worries are accompanied by physical symptoms, especially:
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Muscle tension
  • Muscle aches
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Trembling
  • Twitching
  • Irritability
  • Sweating
  • Hot flashes.
People with generalized anxiety disorder may feel lightheaded or out of breath. They also may feel nauseated or have to go to the bathroom frequently.
Individuals with generalized anxiety disorder are often unable to relax, and they may startle more easily than other people. They tend to have difficulty concentrating, too. Often, they have trouble falling or staying asleep.
Unlike people with several other anxiety disorders, people with generalized anxiety disorder don't characteristically avoid certain situations as a result of their condition. When impairment associated with this disorder is mild, people may be able to function in social settings or on the job. If severe, however, generalized anxiety disorder can be debilitating, making it difficult to carry out even the most ordinary daily activities.

What Are the Causes of Generalized Anxiety Disorder?

Some research suggests that generalized anxiety disorder may run in families, and it may also grow worse during times of stress. The condition usually begins at an earlier age, and symptoms may manifest themselves more slowly than in most other anxiety disorders.

What Treatments Are Available for Generalized Anxiety Disorder?

Treatments for generalized anxiety disorder include medications and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).
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