Everyone gets anxious occasionally, but when is it too much?
Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is a condition in which anxiety affects a person’s daily functioning for more than half of the days in a period of six months. The individual usually finds the anxiety difficult to control and worries about a number of stressors, ranging from work performance to social interaction, and unfortunately the results may be severe enough to prevent one from living life as normal. The feelings of anxiety can often be accompanied by an increase in epinephrine (a stress hormone) release throughout the body. The epinephrine can cause distressing physical symptoms, like sweaty palms or a rapidly beating heart.
It is not entirely clear what causes the onset of GAD, but it affects as many as 7 million Americans yearly.
Fortunately, there are a wide array of treatments available and studies have shown that GAD, like depression, is very treatable with therapy and/or medication.
Anxiety, like depression, is a very treatable condition.