Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is a common form of anxiety. To put it simply, GAD is constant worrying. People who suffer about GAD may worry more than they should about stresses in their life or the worry may be so generalized they are not even quite sure what they are worrying about. In short, GAD means a person worries more than is appropriate for the situation, and this excess worry negatively affects their life.
There are a variety of symptoms associated with GAD. Psychologically, the person will feel stressed, anxious, and perhaps depressed. A person may suffer from insomnia. Physical symptoms can occur as well. A person may have headaches, muscle aches, or stomach aches.
It’s not clear what causes GAD. It may just be a chemical imbalance in the persons’s brain. It may be a person’s upbringing or other stressors. Nevertheless, determining the cause is not necessary to finding a solution.
A variety of prescription drugs are available for people with GAD. These are generally SSRIs, like Cymbalta or Lexapro. The treatment for GAD may mimic the treatment for depression since the two are often related. People also have had success with non-pharmaceutical methods, such as meditation and cognitive strategies.