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Generalised anxiety disorder (GAD)

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Generalised anxiety disorder (GAD) is a type of anxiety disorder characterised by uncontrollable worry that impacts on day-to-day life.

GAD symptoms

You could be dealing with GAD if:

  • you uncontrollably worry about everything, a lot of the time
  • you're often tired but can't sleep properly
  • you constantly feel tense or restless
  • your heart races or your mouth gets dry
  • all of these things happen most days and have been happening for around 6 months.

GAD treatment

If you're feeling constantly anxious and worried, the safest way to start dealing with GAD is to talk to a doctor or a mental health professional. Sometimes, with severe anxiety, a health professional might advise on supportive psychological therapy or, if it's more severe, medications that can help manage anxiety.

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Last reviewed: February 2017

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