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Generalized Anxiety Disorder


Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is characterized by persistent, excessive, and unrealistic worry about everyday things. People with the disorder experience excessive anxiety and worry, often expecting the worst even when there is no apparent reason for concern. They anticipate disaster and may be overly concerned about money, health, family, work, or other issues. GAD is diagnosed when a person finds it difficult to control worry on more days than not for at least six months and has three or more symptoms. People with GAD have significant difficulty stopping the worry cycle and feel as if it is beyond their control. GAD affects 6.8 million adults, or 3.1% of the U.S. population, in any given year. Women are twice as likely to be affected.



People with GAD have many of the following symptoms:

  • Restlessness or feeling wound-up or on edge

  • Being easily fatigued

  • Difficulty concentrating or having their minds go blank

  • Irritability

  • Muscle tension

  • Difficulty controlling the worry

  • Sleep problems (difficulty falling or staying asleep or restless, unsatisfying sleep)


GAD is treated with psychotherapy, medications, or a combination of the two. We use a variety of evidence-based psychotherapy treatments, such as  Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) which are empirically supported treatments that focuses on modifying problematic thoughts and behaviors that contribute to and/or maintain excessive worry.

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