Generalised anxiety disorder
Anxiety is a feeling of unease, such as worry or fear, that can be mild or severe.
Everyone has feelings of anxiety at some pointin their life for example, you may feel worried and anxious about sitting an exam, or having a medical test or job interview. During times like these, feeling anxious can be perfectly normal.
However, some peoplefind it hard to control their worries. Their feelings of anxiety are more constant and can often affect theirdaily lives.
Anxiety is the main symptom of several conditions, including:
However, the information in this section is about a specific condition called generalised anxiety disorder (GAD).
GAD is a long-term condition that causes you to feel anxious about a wide range of situations and issues, rather than one specific event.
People with GAD feel anxious most days and often struggle to remember the last time they felt relaxed. As soon as one anxious thought is resolved, another may appear about a different issue.
GAD can cause both psychological (mental) and physical symptoms. These vary from person to person, but can include:
Read about the symptoms of GAD .
Although feelings of anxiety at certain times are completely normal,see your GP if anxiety is affecting your daily life or causing you distress.
Your GP will ask about your symptoms and your worries, fears and emotions to find out if you could have GAD.
Research has suggested that these may include:
However, many people develop GAD for no apparent reason.
GAD is a common condition, estimated to affect up to 5% of the UK population.
Slightly more women are affected than men, and the condition is more commonin people from the ages of 35 to 59.
GAD can have a significant effect on your daily life, but several different treatments are available that can ease your symptoms. These include:
There are also many things you can do yourself to help reduceyour anxiety, such as:
Read how stopping smoking can improve your anxiety .
With treatment, many people are able to control their anxiety levels. However, some treatments may need to be continued for a long time and there may be periods when your symptoms worsen.
Everyone has feelings of anxiety at some point in their life. However, some people find it hard to control their worries. Their feelings of anxiety are more constant and can often affect their daily lives.
Generalised anxiety disorder (GAD) can affect you both physically and mentally. You should see your GP if anxiety is affecting your daily life or is causing you distress.
Seeyour GP if anxiety is affecting your daily life or is causing you distress.
Generalised anxiety disorder (GAD) is a long-term condition, but a number of different treatments can help
If you have generalised anxiety disorder (GAD), there are many ways to help ease the symptoms of anxiety yourself, including exercise, avoiding smoking and caffeine, and doing a self-help course.