Generalized Anxiety Disorder Causes & Risk Factors
- Q Why do people get generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)?
Worrying is a natural part of life. All of us are predisposed to worrying about important things, like our children and families, our health, or our finances or life choices. Many mental disorders, including generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), involve... Full Answer
- Q Who is most at risk for generalized anxiety disorder?
Women are at a much greater risk for developing generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) than men. Twice as many women are diagnosed with the disorder. Although GAD can develop at any time in a person's life, the risk is greatest from childhood to middle age. Full Answer
- Q What causes generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)?
Doctors are not exactly sure what specifically causes generalized anxiety disorder. Researchers believe it may be linked to genetic factors, stress, or environmental factors like learned behavior. It is also possible that the condition is a product of... Full Answer
- Q Does generalized anxiety disorder run in families?
Genetics may affect the development of generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). Research has indicated that the role genetics play in developing GAD is small, but it does exist. If GAD has affected several members of your family, you may consider taking... Full Answer
- Q When does generalized anxiety disorder begin to develop?
Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) can start at any time in a person's life. It usually occurs between childhood and middle age. The disorder may progress slowly and it may take some time before doctors diagnose it. Sometime people with GAD are treated... Full Answer