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For people with an anxiety disorder, the anxiety does not go away and can get worse over time. The symptoms can interfere with daily activities such as job performance, schoolwork, and relationships.
There are several types of anxiety disorders, including generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, and various phobia-related disorders.
Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) usually involves a persistent feeling of anxiety or dread, which can interfere with daily life. It is not the same as occasionally worrying about things or experiencing anxiety due to stressful life events. People living with GAD experience frequent anxiety for months, if not years.
Symptoms of GAD include:
-Feeling restless, wound-up, or on-edge
-Being easily fatigued
-Having difficulty concentrating
-Having headaches, muscle aches, stomachaches, or unexplained pains
-Difficulty controlling feelings of worry
-Having sleep problems, such as difficulty falling or staying asleep.
Anxiety disorders are generally treated with psychotherapy, medication, or both.