Generalized anxiety disorder
(GAD) can affect both adults and children. People with GAD often have psychological and physical symptoms. They may visit the doctor many times before they are diagnosed. They often ask the doctor to help them with the problems related to GAD, such as headaches or trouble falling asleep. Reluctance to discuss emotional problems and worries may lead to a delay in the diagnosis.
Psychological symptoms of GAD include:
Excessive ongoing worrying, even when there are no signs of trouble
Inability to relax
Difficulty concentrating, mind going “blank”
Feeling tense, edgy, or jumpy
Irritability or restlessness
Physical symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder include:
Shortness of breath
Numbness or tingling
in adults and
Aches and pains
Gastrointestinal discomfort, including
diarrhea, heartburn, and flatulence
Cold, clammy hands
Anxiety disorders. National Institute of Mental Health website. Available at: https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/anxiety-disorders/index.shtml. Update March 2016. Accessed January 13, 2017.
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