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Is generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) a real illness?

There are many myths about generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). The most widespread myth is that GAD is not a real illness. This is not true. GAD is indeed a real and complex illness. Like other anxiety disorders, a combination of factors causes GAD, including biological, environmental, and psychological factors.
 

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