Generalized Anxiety Disorder
Alternate Names : Chronic Worry, GAD
Generalized anxiety disorder is also called GAD. With this condition, the
individual has chronic, repeated episodes of severe emotional and physical distress.
People with this disorder have vague feelings of fear, impending danger, and dread for
unknown reasons. In turn, these strong feelings result in physical changes in the body.
What is going on in the body?
People who have chronic anxiety have altered brain activity, which can be
seen in brain X-rays, scans, or other studies.
What are the causes and risks of the condition?
GAD typically begins in childhood or during the teen years. It can also
begin in adulthood. It is more common among women. GAD is not the result of a
medical condition, medicine, or a substance use disorder. Experts believe that GAD
runs in families. It may also be related to personality factors such as low self-esteem
and poor coping skills. Life experiences can play a role too. For example, abuse,
violence, and poverty might make someone more prone to developing GAD.