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Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Everyone worries from time to time, but for some worry becomes so excessive and uncontrollable, and is associated with a host of somatic symptoms, that a diagnosis of generalized anxiety disorder is warranted. These individuals may experience excessive worry about:

  • Day-to-day matters
  • Their own health and/or the health of others
  • Work
  • Relationships
  • Finances
  • Community or world affairs

Signs of excessive worry include:

  • Worrying even when there is nothing wrong, or after a threat or problem has passed.
  • Spending a high percentage of waking hours worrying about something.
  • Finding worry makes it difficult to get things done or interferes with your ability to relax or take pleasure in things.

The excessive worry associated with generalized anxiety disorder can produce symptoms such as:

  • Restlessness, or feeling keyed up or on edge
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Irritability
  • Muscle tension
  • Sleep disturbances

Roughly 3-6% of the general population suffers with generalized anxiety disorder although only a small percentage of afflicted individuals seek professional help. Generalized anxiety disorder typically onsets sometime between childhood and middle adulthood, although the disorder can also first onset in later life.

If these symptoms seem relevant to you, we can help. Feel free to contact us by calling our main desk at (212) 246-5740.

The Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CUCARD) provides evidence-based treatments for all of the anxiety disorders, including: