If you feel very worried or nervous in your everyday life - even when there is little or no reason - you might be experiencing generalised anxiety disorder, also known as GAD. It often develops slowly, beginning during your teenage years or young adult life.
You might find your anxiety so difficult to control that you feel unable to concentrate or stay focussed on your ordinary daily activities. You might worry excessively and feel nervous, restless, tired or irritable. Finding it difficult to relax, fall asleep or stay asleep are common concerns.
Physically, you might be prone to headaches, muscle aches, stomach aches, or unexplained pains, sweating, light-headedness and breathlessness. You might find it hard to swallow, experience trembling and twitching or have digestive problems.
Children and teens with GAD worry more about:
School and sports performance
Catastrophes, such as earthquakes or war
Adults with GAD worry about everyday circumstances, such as:
Job security or performance
The health and well-being of their children
Completing household chores and other responsibilities
With help it is possible to manage your anxiety. You can learn how to relax, sleep restfully and move on from negative thoughts.