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Generalized anxiety disorder
All people have reason to worry now and then. But people with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) feel overly worried about everyday issues like money, work, and health all the time — even when there is little or no reason for worry. Sometimes, just the thought of getting through the day causes worry and anxiety. Worrying, and physical symptoms like fatigue, headache, and tension, can keep people with GAD from doing everyday tasks. Treatment can help people with GAD control excess worry so they can live normal, fulfilling lives.
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Anxiety (Copyright © The AGS Foundation for Healthy Aging) — This fact sheet discusses the symptoms of anxiety, the types of anxiety disorders, and diagnosis and treatment. It is written for the elderly population.
Anxiety Disorders — This publication provides information about the different anxiety disorders, including obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, and social phobia, among others.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder (Copyright © Mayo Foundation) — This website provides general information about the signs, symptoms, causes, and treatment of generalized anxiety disorder.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) — This website provides information on generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), including its signs and symptoms, treatment, and where to find help. It also links to publications about GAD from the National Institute of Mental Health.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) (Copyright © Anxiety Disorders Association of America) — This fact sheet explains the symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) and how you can treat it. It also links to a self-test so you can see if you are at risk of having GAD.
Screening for Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) (Copyright © Anxiety Disorders Association of America) — Take this simple yes-or-no self-test, then bring the results to your doctor. Your answers to these questions can help your doctor determine whether your symptoms indicate generalized anxiety disorder.
When Worry Gets Out of Control: Generalized Anxiety Disorder — This easy-to-read booklet explains what generalized anxiety disorder is, when it starts, how long it lasts, what the symptoms are, and how to get help.
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Anxiety Disorders Association of America
Freedom From Fear
Mental Health America
National Institute of Mental Health Information Center, NIH
Content last updated September 22, 2009.
Resources last updated September 22, 2009.
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