Generalized anxiety disorder, also called GAD, is severe, ongoing anxiety that is difficult to control and interferes with daily activities.
Some anxiety is normal, but if you feel like you worry too much and it’s interfering with your work, relationships or other parts of your life, you should seek professional help before your anxiety becomes severe. GAD clinical trials, like those at CNS Healthcare, can help you explore new options. Interested in trying a new GAD treatment at no cost? Find out more about enrolling GAD clinical trials available by selecting one of the below locations near you. Use the form on the page to schedule a free, in-office consultation to find out if a GAD trial is right for you.
As with many mental health conditions, the cause of generalized anxiety disorder likely arises from a complex interaction of biological and environmental factors, which may include:
• Differences in brain chemistry and function
• Differences in the way threats are perceived
• Development and personality
Women are diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder somewhat more often than men are. The following factors may increase the risk of developing generalized anxiety disorder:
• Personality. A person whose temperament is timid or negative or who avoids anything dangerous may be more prone to generalized anxiety disorder than others are.
• Genetics. Generalized anxiety disorder may run in families.
• Experiences. People with generalized anxiety disorder may have a history of significant life changes, traumatic or negative experiences during childhood, or a recent traumatic or negative event. Chronic medical illnesses or other mental health disorders may increase risk.
It is important to see your doctor if:
• You feel like you’re worrying too much, and it’s interfering with your work, relationships or other parts of your life
• You feel depressed or irritable, have trouble with drinking or drugs, or you have other mental health concerns along with anxiety
• You have suicidal thoughts or behaviors — seek emergency treatment immediately
Your worries are unlikely to simply go away on their own, and they may actually get worse over time. Try to seek professional help before your anxiety becomes severe — it may be easier to treat early on.