Symptoms of Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
Most patients diagnosed with GAD understand their worries are excessive and are not a normal response to the situation. Those with anxiety can have difficulty concentrating on tasks or conversations. Patients often have trouble sleeping – either the inability to fall asleep or difficulty staying asleep. The excessive worrying can also lead to the inability to relax, and are therefore startled easily.
They may also experience physical symptoms such as fatigue, headaches, muscle tension or aches, trembling, sweating, nausea, hot flashes, and breathlessness. These symptoms vary with the severity of the condition. Some people with mild GAD can still function normally while others experience intense symptoms that interrupt their daily activities.
A diagnosis of GAD is made based on the following criteria:
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