Most everyone experiences temporary anxiety, a feeling of nervousness or fear, as a normal reaction to a stressful situation at some point in life. However, people who experience anxiety that is overwhelming and consuming may have a condition called generalized anxiety disorder (GAD).
GAD is characterized by excessive, exaggerated anxiety and worry about everyday life events. People with GAD tend to always expect disaster and can't stop worrying about health, money, family, work or school. In people with GAD, the worry often is unrealistic or out of proportion for the situation. For GAD sufferers, daily life becomes a constant state of worry, fear and dread. Eventually, the anxiety so dominates the person's thinking that it interferes with daily functioning, including work, school, social activities and relationships.
GAD affects the way a person thinks, but the anxiety can lead to physical symptoms as well. Symptoms of GAD may include:
Do you feel worried all the time? Have trouble concentrating or sleeping? Feel tired and irritable a lot more than you think you should? If so, you may suffer from an anxiety disorder. We specialize in the clinical study of anxiety. Through our clinical research trials we offer qualified participants all study-related evaluations and medical care, as we ll as investigational medication at no cost.