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GENERALIZED ANXIETY DISORDER
GAD is characterized by the DSM-5 as six months or more of chronic, exaggerated worry and tension that is unfounded or much more severe than the normal anxiety most people experience. People with this disorder usually experience symptoms including:
Inability to control excessive worrying
Difficulty falling or staying asleep
Easily startled or scared
Difficulty concentrating or the mind goes blank
Common physical symptoms include:
Headaches and fatigue
Muscle tension and aches
Having a hard time swallowing
Trembling or twitching
Light-headedness and tingling in the extremities.
Feeling out of breath
Having to go to the bathroom frequently
In children and adolescents with generalized anxiety disorder, anxieties and worries are often associated with performance or competence at school or in sporting events. Additionally, worries may include punctuality, conformity, and perfectionism.