Generalized Anxiety Disorder: Signs and Symptoms


All of us worry, and it’s a normal part of a normal life, if not not done excessively and without apparent reason. People with Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) tend to worry excessively and uncontrollably about many things even if there are no or little reason to worry about them.

 Let us have a look at some psychological and physical symptoms of GAD:

 Psychological Symptoms

1. ‘Blank’ feeling or difficulty in concentrating.

2. Exaggerated and out of proportion worrying about things.

3. Inability to set aside a worry.

4. Irritability or restlessness.

5. Fear of making choices and indecisiveness due to fear of negative conclusions.

 Physical Symptoms

1. Tiredness

2. Sweating

3. Sleep troubles

4. Palpitations

5. Muscle aches and tension

6. Headache

7. Dry mouth

8. Irritability

9. Trembling

 In GAD, you may not be able to identify the trigger to your anxiety, and it may intensify your stress symptoms. If you have symptoms similar to those given above, it would be in your best interest to talk about it to your doctor and sorting it out rather than ignoring it. If diagnosed, GAD may be treated with medication, or psychotherapy, or both.

-Dr. Deepak Kripal