Everyone worries from time to time, but for some individuals worry becomes so excessive and uncontrollable, and is associated with a host of physical symptoms, that a diagnosis of generalized anxiety disorder is warranted. These individuals may worry excessively about a variety of issues, such as day-to-day matters, their own health or the health of others, work or academic performance, relationships, and the future.
Generalized anxiety disorder affects roughly 3% to 5% of children, 1% of adolescents, and 3% to 5% of adults in the general population, although only a small percentage of afflicted individuals seek treatment. Females are about twice as likely as males to experience generalized anxiety disorder.
The anxiety, worry, or physical symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder are often significantly distressing or impair one's ability to function in work, school, social settings, or other important areas of life.
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