It’s normal to feel anxious from time to time but excessive ongoing anxiety/worry, difficulty to control; creating interference with daily life may be a sign of generalized anxiety disorder. Its symptoms are similar to panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder and other types of anxiety. Living with generalized anxiety disorder can be a long-term challenge.

Symptoms:

  • Persistent worrying or anxiety about a number of areas that are out of proportion to the impact of the events
  • Over thinking plans and solutions to all possible worst-case outcomes
  • Perceiving situations and events as threatening, even when they aren’t
  • Difficulty handling uncertainty
  • Indecisiveness and fear of making the wrong decision
  • Inability to set aside or let go of a worry
  • Inability to relax, feeling restless, and feeling keyed up or on edge
  • Difficulty concentrating, or the feeling that your mind “goes blank”

Physical Signs May Include:

  • Fatigue
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Muscle tension or muscle aches
  • Trembling, feeling twitchy
  • Nervousness or being easily startled
  • Sweating
  • Nausea, diarrhea or irritable bowel syndrome
  • Irritability

Symptoms In Children And Teenagers

  • Feels overly anxious to fit in
  • Be a perfectionist
  • Redo tasks because they aren’t perfect the first time
  • Spend excessive time doing homework
  • Lacks confidence
  • Strives for approval
  • Requires a lot of reassurance about performance
  • Has frequent stomach aches or other physical complaints
  • Avoids going to school or social gatherings

Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Generalized anxiety disorder often occurs along with other mental health problems, which can make diagnosis and treatment more challenging. Some mental health disorders that commonly occur with generalized anxiety disorder include:

  • Phobias
  • Panic disorder
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Depression
  • Suicidal thoughts or suicide
  • Substance abuse