Generalised Anxiety Disorder is intense anxiety and worry about a variety of events and issues (for example, work, health, family), and the worry is out of proportion to the situation. People with Generalised Anxiety Disorder have difficulty controlling their worry. They may feel like they are always worrying about something, but that they cannot help it. Along with worrying, they often experience a high level of physical tension. This might be described as feeling restless, easily tired, difficulty concentrating, easily annoyed, muscle tension, and/or difficulty sleeping. While many people worry about things from time to time, people with Generalised Anxiety Disorder experience worry a large proportion of the time and it interrupts their lives. While many people go through times when they worry more than others, people with Generalised Anxiety Disorder usually have a long history of worrying even when there are no significant issues to worry about.
Common issues that people with Generalised Anxiety Disorder may worry about include:
- Future job opportunities
- That family will disapprove of them
- Being able to afford to pay bills
- Losing close friends
- Being late for an appointment
- Making mistakes at work