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Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is a mental health condition. Unlike normal worries, anxiety related to GAD is not triggered by a specific event. These worries do not fade or get better with time. GAD interferes with relationships, work, and school.
GAD symptoms can vary from mild to severe. People with severe GAD can have intense waves of anxiety with physical symptoms that are similar to panic attacks.
This condition is diagnosed based on your symptoms and medical history. You will also have a physical exam. Your health care provider may perform tests to rule out other possible causes of your symptoms.
Before your health care provider can confirm a diagnosis of GAD, these symptoms must be present more days than they are not, and they must last for 6 months or longer.
A mental health specialist can help determine which treatment is best for you. Some people see improvement with one type of therapy. However, other people require a combination of therapies.
National Institute of Mental Health: www.nimh.nih.gov
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services: www.samhsa.gov
This information is not intended to replace advice given to you by your health care provider. Make sure you discuss any questions you have with your health care provider.
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