We are born to be anxious. Without it we would have no internal mechanism to monitor and respond to real or perceived threats. In this regard anxiety is both normal and necessary. When people ask about the causes of anxiety however they usually mean the uncomfortable sensations associated with it. Beyond this are the circumstances that evoke high levels of anxiety, but in the face of quite low levels of threat. It is these more extreme levels of anxiety that provoke a wide variety of explanations.
Excessive and ongoing worry may be diagnosed as generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). For the purposes of this Sharepost GAD provides an example of how different theoretical perspectives attempt to explain the symptoms. Essentially, these explanations can be thought of as biological, psychological and social in nature.
There is some evidence that family history can contribute to the risk of developing GAD although the consistency of such research is varied. Areas of brain associa...
<p><strong>What Is Generalized Anxiety Disorder?</strong></p>
<p>Anxiety can be a natural, beneficial reaction to stress or danger. Under normal circumstances, anxiety diminishes when the stressful situation ends. But for some people, anxiety persists and serves no constructive purpose. In generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), a person experiences excessive, prolonged worry over everyday concerns, such as job responsibilities, health or family well-being, or even minor matters, such as household chores or personal appearance.</p>
<p>Along with worry itself, GAD may produce such physical symptoms as heart palpitations, sweating, headaches, and nausea. In addition, perpetual anxiety may impair concentration, memory, decision-making ability, and social functioning, such as maintaining intimate relationships or working. GAD is the most common anxiety disorder, affecting 3% of the population. Most people with GAD first have symptoms during young ad...
Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is a type of anxiety disorder characterized by excessive worrying . Sufferers worry even when there is no reason to worry and often expect the worse possible outcome. It is estimated that 5 percent of the U.S. population will experience symptoms of GAD sometime in their life. Even though this is a common anxiety disorder, it is still misunderstood. The following are some of the most commonly asked questions about GAD.
How Can I Tell the Difference Between Worrying and Generalized Anxiety Disorder?
Everyone worries at some time or another. You may worry about an upcoming job interview, worry about your child’s health, a fight you had with your spouse, finances or health. For most people, these worries do not interfere with their life. They can put their worries into perspective and move on when the situation is resolved. But for those with GAD, worries are excessive. According to the diagnostic criteria, a person with GAD worries ab...
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