While we all worry about important issues in our everyday lives, some people are constantly worrying over the littlest things and let it affect the way they live. If you are always feeling anxious and have trouble concentrating, you may suffer from generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). GAD is a common anxiety disorder that affects about 4 million people in the US each year.
The cause of GAD is not known, but it is believed to be caused by a combination of biologic, genetic and environmental factors. Symptoms appear gradually and most commonly begin during childhood or adolescence, although it can begin in adulthood as well. People with GAD may experience:
- Excessive and constant worrying
- Trouble concentrating
- Trouble falling or staying asleep
- Hot flashes
Your doctor can diagnose GAD by evaluating your symptoms and medical history and performing a physical examination. GAD can be effectively managed through medication and cognitive-behavioral therapy. Talk to your doctor today if you have experienced symptoms of GAD.