What is Generalized Anxiety Disorder?
People with Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) have frequent excessive worry and anxiety about many different life areas such as health, finances, the future or past events. The worry is difficult to control and is accompanied by somatic symptoms such as feelings of restlessness and irritability, tiring easily, difficulty concentrating, muscle tension and sleep problems.
How Common is Generalized Anxiety Disorder?
Approximately 5% of adults in the general population suffer from GAD. Approximately 3% of children and adolescents also suffer from this disorder. Most people with GAD report that they have felt anxious their entire lives, although stressful life events may temporarily increase the symptoms.