Amy Scholten, MPH
Generalized anxiety disorder
(GAD) can affect both adults and children. People with GAD often have psychological and physical symptoms. They may visit the doctor many times before they are diagnosed. They often ask the doctor to help them with the problems related to GAD, such as headaches or trouble falling asleep. Reluctance to discuss emotional problems and worries may lead to a delay in the diagnosis.
Psychological symptoms of GAD include:
Physical symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder include:
National Institute of Mental Health website. Available at:
Update March 2016. Accessed June 13, 2016.
Generalized anxiety disorder. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated June 1, 2016. Accessed June 13, 2016.
Last reviewed June 2016 by Michael Woods, MD
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