What is Generalised Anxiety disorder (GAD)?

It's normal to feel anxious from time to time, especially if your life is stressful. However, excessive, ongoing anxiety and worry that interfere with day-to-day activities may be a sign of generalized anxiety disorder. It is possible to develop generalized anxiety disorder as a child or an adult.

What are the symptoms of GAD?

Generalized anxiety disorder symptoms can vary. They may include:

Persistent worrying or obsession about small or large concerns that's out of proportion to the impact of the event

Inability to set aside or let go of a worry

Inability to relax, restlessness, and feeling keyed up or on edge

Difficulty concentrating or the feeling that your mind "goes blank"

Distress about making decisions for fear of making the wrong decision

Difficulty handling uncertainty or indecisiveness

Physical signs and symptoms may include:



Muscle tension or muscle aches

Trembling, feeling twitchy

Being easily startled

Trouble sleeping


Nausea, diarrhea or irritable bowel syndrome


Having generalized anxiety disorder does more than just make you worry. It can:

Impair your ability to perform tasks quickly and efficiently because you have trouble concentrating

Take your time and focus from other activities

Sap your energy

Disturb your sleep

Generalized anxiety disorder can also lead to or worsen other mental and physical health conditions, such as:

Depression (which often occurs with generalized anxiety disorder)

Substance abuse

Trouble sleeping (insomnia)

Digestive or bowel problems


Heart-health issues

When to see a doctor

Some anxiety is normal and healthy too as it can enhance work performance and push the individual to give his/her best but see your doctor if:

You feel like you're worrying too much, and it's interfering with your work, relationships or other parts of your life

You feel depressed, have trouble with drinking or drugs, or you have other mental health concerns along with anxiety

You have suicidal thoughts or behaviors — seek emergency treatment immediately

Treatment includes medication, relaxation training, cognitive behavior therapy and counseling.

Your worries are unlikely to simply go away on their own, and they may actually get worse over time. Try to seek professional help with qualified psychiatrist before your anxiety becomes severe — it is easier to treat early into the problem.

Dr.K.Harish Chandra Reddy

Consultant Psychiatrist

Sahara Mind Clinic,Hyderabad