If you tend to worry a lot, even
when there’s no reason, you may have generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). GAD means that
you are worrying constantly and can’t control it. Healthcare providers diagnose GAD when
your worrying happens on most days and for at least 6 months. GAD is one of the most
common mental disorders in the U.S.
Worrying may be something you are
so used to. You may think it’s just how you are. Common worries include your health,
money, family, or work. Everyone worries about these things once in a while. But if you
always expect the worst, it can get in the way of living a normal life.
GAD begins slowly, often in childhood or the teen years. But it can
begin in adulthood, too. It is more common in women. It often runs in families.
If you have GAD, you may also have
another mental health condition such as depression.