What increases my risk for generalized anxiety disorder?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

There are several factors that may increase your risk for generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). Enduring a lot of stress in life increases your risk. Facing a serious illness, which causes a lot of worry, can also increase your risk for this disorder. Other factors include having a family member with GAD and childhood trauma. Your personality influences your risk because certain personality types are prone to worry and anxiety and personality disorders can be linked to anxiety. Generalized anxiety disorder occurs much more frequently in women than in men, thus being female may increase your risk.

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