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Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jun 5, 2024.

What is generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)?

GAD is a condition that causes you to worry or feel nervous about daily activities. You are not able to control your anxiety and feel calm. You may have anxiety about your health, job, money, or relationships. Anxiety can also happen without a cause.

What increases my risk for GAD?

What other signs and symptoms may occur with GAD?

How is GAD diagnosed?

Tell your healthcare provider when your symptoms began and what triggers them. Tell your provider if anxiety affects your daily activities. Your provider will also ask about your medical history and if you have family members with a similar condition. Tell your provider about your past and present alcohol, nicotine, or drug use.

How is GAD treated?

Treatment options

The following list of medications are related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

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What can I do to manage GAD?

Wellness Tips

Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) for any of the following:

When should I call my doctor?

Care Agreement

You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your healthcare providers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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