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Who is most at risk for generalized anxiety disorder?

People with a family history of generalized anxiety disorder or other mood disorders such as depression, as well as those who have another mood disorder themselves, are more likely to develop generalized anxiety disorder. Half of the adults who seek treatment had symptoms of anxiety as children or adolescents. Generalized anxiety disorder affects twice as many women as men. It usually appears between childhood and middle age.

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.

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