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What It Is:

We all experience anxiety and occasional anxiety is a expected part of life.  However, for a person with an anxiety disorder, the feelings of distress, worry, and/or fear do not go away and may worsen over time.  The symptoms may become overwhelming and interfere with everyday activities such as relationships and job performance. 

There are several types of anxiety disorders, each with different symptoms.  The most common anxiety disorders include generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, and various phobia-related disorders.

Signs and Symptoms:

Generalized Anxiety Disorder produces chronic, excessive worrying about everyday life, including work, social interactions, health, and everyday routine life. The worrying and fear may cause significant problems in areas of an individual's life and can consume hours each day, making it hard to concentrate or finish daily tasks. A person with GAD may become exhausted by worry and experience headaches, tension or nausea.

Generalized anxiety disorder symptoms include:

  • Sleep problems such as trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, restlessness, or experiencing unsatisfying sleep

  • Feeling restless, wound-up, or on-edge

  • Irritability

  • Physical symptoms including headaches or nausea

  • Being easily fatigued

  • Difficulty concentrating; mind going blank

  • Muscle tension

  • Difficulty controlling feelings of worry

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