What is generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
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Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is a disorder characterized by excessive anxiety and worry that interferes with the regular activities of a person's daily life. The anxiety is continuous or extremely frequent. A person suffering from generalized anxiety disorder worries constantly about things large or small, with or without reason. This disorder makes it difficult to lead a normal life and interferes with relationships.

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