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What is GAD?

Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is the presence of excessive anxiety any worry, more days than not about a number of events or activities lasting over a period of at least 6 months. The sufferer finds the worry hard to control, and commonly sufferers describe having been a worrier all their lives. For this reason it is generally rare for it to present as the main complaint in therapy as for the client such worry is deemed normal. GAD is possibly the most common anxiety disorder, affecting roughly 5-6% of the population.¹ 

For a diagnosis of GAD, at least 3 of the following 6 symptoms will be present:

  • Restlessness or feeling keyed up or on edge

  • Being easily fatigued

  • Difficulty concentrating or mind going blank

  • Irritability

  • Muscle Tension

  • Sleep disturbance (difficulty falling or staying asleep, or restless unsatisfying sleep)


oSMOsis - Generalised anxiety disorder