General Anxiety Symptoms and Diagnosis


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How do you know if your anxiety symptoms are that of Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)? The medical world has created a list of symptoms that describe this disorder. According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual IV (DSM-IV) you must have the following symptoms to be classfied as suffering from general anxiety disorder:

  • You have excessive worry that has been occuring for at least six months, about a number of issues and topics.
  • You have difficulty in controlling your worry.
  • You suffer from at least three of these symptoms: 1. Feeling on constantly on edge. 2. Easily tired. 3. Often irratible. 4. Tension in your muscles. 5. Problems falling and staying asleep. 6. Struggle to concentrate.
  • Your worries are NOT solely about these things: 1. Having a panic attack. 2. Being embarrassed in public. 3. Being away from family or friends. 4. Worry about gaining weight.
  • Your worries cause you physical or mental suffering and interfere with your social life, work life or relationships.

If all these symptoms sound familiar then there’s a good chance you may be suffering from general anxiety disorder. However, I’d bear in mind these aren’t hard and fast rules. For example, if you’ve been suffering from very intense worry and anxiety for 4 months does that mean you don’t have the disorder?!

Quite simply, if you find yourself constantly worrying, never being able to relax or unwind, struggle to get quality sleep and always feel like your mind is racing away constantly with negative thoughts, so that  you can’t focus or concentrate, then there’s a good chance you have GAD.


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