Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is a relatively common anxiety disorder that affects approximately 2.7% of the Australian population. It is characterised by excessive and uncontrollable worry, anxiety, and fear about a number of things, such as:

  • Minor matters,
  • Finances,
  • Work or school,
  • Health,
  • Safety of loved ones,
  • Community or world affairs.

While worry is a normal process for most people, individuals with GAD worry about things when most people would say there is no reason to worry, such as worrying frequently about finances despite having plenty of money in savings. With GAD, the worry interferes with daily functioning. 

GAD is often accompanied by bothersome physical symptoms such as muscle tension, sleep and concentration difficulties, and restlessness. This excessive worry is present almost daily for at least 6 months, and is intense and frequent. GAD may also occur together with other anxiety disorders, depression or with substance abuse.

Treatment

GAD is a fully treatable condition. Treatments such as Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy are considered to be the most effective treatments for GAD.