Originally posted as part of our PhD Stronger Together Module - Mental Health Conditions (December 2020).
Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is characterized by extreme and persistent worry or nervousness about various situations of life.
Individuals who battle GAD may find it difficult to control their anxiety and remain focused on daily tasks.
Sign & Symptoms
Worrying about everyday things/tasks, inability to stop worrying, excessive difficulty tolerating uncertainty
Irritability (feeling on edge), restlessness, easily startled, awareness of constant worry, sleep disturbances
Stats, Demographics and Disparities
3.1% (6.8 million) US adults battle GAD
GAD is twice as likely to occur in women than men
Individuals between 18-29 years of age experience the most severe symptoms
Less than 50% of those diagnosed with GAD are receiving treatment
Treatment and Care
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Lifestyle & home remedies
- Relaxation techniques
- Physical activity
Anxiety & Depression Association of America
Anxiety Resource Center
National Institute of Mental Health
*The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician, therapist or another qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.