What is Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD)?
- Feeling anxious and worried most of the time
- Anxiety interfering with your day to day life
- Often these worries relate to many aspects of your everyday life, including work, relationships with others, health and/or one’s financial situation
- Often, these worries may be present even if there is no real threat
- With Generalised Anxiety Disorder, intense anxiety can be the result of a minor worry spiraling out of control
Symptoms of Generalised Anxiety Disorder
- Feeling very worried
- Finding it hard to stop worrying
- Finding that your anxiety sometimes gets in the way of carrying out everyday activities such as work or study, and/or socialising with friends or family
- Feeling restless or irritable
- Finding it difficult to get to sleep or stay asleep
- Feeling tired more often
Almost 6% of Australian people will experience Generalised Anxiety Disorder in their lifetime (Beyond Blue, 2014) making it one of the most common anxiety disorders.
GAD occurs twice as much in the female population than in the male population (Roemer, Orsillo & Barlow, 2002).