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Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Originally posted as part of our PhD Stronger Together Module - Mental Health Conditions (December 2020).

Generalized Anxiety Disorder Definition, Signs and Symptoms. All text in post.


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

  1. Worrying about everyday things/tasks, inability to stop worrying, excessive difficulty tolerating uncertainty

  2. Irritability (feeling on edge), restlessness, easily startled, awareness of constant worry, sleep disturbances

Generalized Anxiety Disorder Stats, Demographics and Disparities. All text in post.

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

Generalized Anxiety Disorder Treatment and Care. All text in post.

Treatment and Care

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

  • Prescription medication

  • Lifestyle & home remedies

- Relaxation techniques

- Physical activity

Generalized Anxiety Disorder Resources. All text in post.


  • CheckPoint

  • HelpGuide

  • 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.


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