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Why do people get generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

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 these normal tendencies being exaggerated or excessive. Due to certain factors, like genetics or stress, people with GAD worry to extreme levels, even when there is nothing clear to cause it.

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