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The term anxiety is a generalized category for several different types of depression. Individuals who suffer from a severe phobia (e.g. heights, spiders, death); a compulsive habit (e.g. washing hands, nervous twitch), or stress related to a past or present life threatening situation (e.g. physical illness, rape, war, natural disaster, or unexpected life-threatening diagnoses) all lie under the scope of anxiety and depression.

Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)

Mood and anxiety disorders are serious medical illnesses that affect approximately 20 million American adults. These disorders can disrupt every aspect of a person’s life – emotions, thought processes, behavior and physical health. According to the World Health Organization, major depression is the leading cause of disability in America. GAD affects about 6.8 million American adults, including twice as many women as men. The disorder develops gradually and can begin at any point in the life cycle, although the years of highest risk are between childhood and middle age. There is evidence that genes play a modest role in GAD.

It is normal to experience occasional anxiety. However, people with generalized anxiety disorder, suffer from persistent anxiety and worry that is much worse and more persistent than the anxiety most people experience from time to time. The high level and chronic state of anxiety associated with GAD can make ordinary activities difficult or even impossible.





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