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GAD


 

Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is a condition in which people fret and worry excessively, to the point of personal distress and even functional limitation. People suffering from GAD worry out of proportion to the things they worry about – that often are remote from them (e.g. world events, local contingencies – “what if the trucks can’t come to the markets?”, etc.) – and that are certainly not under their control. Physical tension and insomnia often accompany the worrying, so that people suffering from GAD look anxious and mildly agitated most of the time. The fact that “stop worrying” seldom helps and may even make the worrying worse, often leads to frustration or emotional withdrawal by friends and family members. Generalized Anxiety tends to run in families (“my grandmother was just like me”).