generalized anxiety disorder

noun

Definition of generalized anxiety disorder

: an anxiety disorder marked by chronic excessive anxiety and worry that is difficult to control, causes distress or impairment in daily functioning, and is accompanied by three or more associated symptoms (such as restlessness, irritability, poor concentration, and sleep disturbances) abbreviation GAD

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Recent Examples on the Web Indie-rock singer Liza Anne, 26, battles generalized anxiety disorder and experiences bouts of depression. Ilana Kaplan, Los Angeles Times, "Teletherapy, meds, meditation: How musicians with mental health issues are coping with corona anxiety," 27 Apr. 2020 As its name suggests generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) involves a pathological response to everyday challenges like worries over money, work deadlines, and parenting. Jeffrey Kluger, Time, "The Coronavirus Pandemic May Be Causing an Anxiety Pandemic," 26 Mar. 2020 Another, with generalized anxiety disorder, couldn't stop worrying about whether their daughter traveling from another country was at risk. NBC News, "Coronavirus is a 'personal nightmare' for people with OCD and anxiety disorders," 19 Mar. 2020 Persistent, excessive worry might signal one of several anxiety disorders, like generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, panic disorder, or separation anxiety disorder, according to the Mayo Clinic. Zahra Barnes, SELF, "10 Surprising Reasons Your Heart Is Racing and How to Remedy Them," 27 Mar. 2020 Nearly 7 million people in the U.S. are affected by generalized anxiety disorder and about 6 million by panic disorder. NBC News, "NBC News employee dies after testing positive for coronavirus," 20 Mar. 2020 Many insomnia cases are attributable to generalized anxiety disorders, post traumatic stress, depression or terrible nightmares, Kryger said. Kristen Rogers, CNN, "Sleep anxiety and daylight saving time can exacerbate insomnia, but stretching may help," 13 Mar. 2020 At 17, she was diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder. Washington Post, "Lessons on coping with a panic attack, from my 19-year-old daughter," 18 Nov. 2019 The number one sign of a generalized anxiety disorder is constant worry that gets in the way of doing everyday tasks. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "7 Signs You're Dealing With Anxiety," 3 Apr. 2019

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1978, in the meaning defined above

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“Generalized anxiety disorder.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/generalized%20anxiety%20disorder. Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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generalized anxiety disorder

noun

Medical Definition of generalized anxiety disorder

: an anxiety disorder marked by chronic excessive anxiety and worry that is difficult to control, causes distress or impairment in daily functioning, and is accompanied by three or more associated symptoms (as restlessness, irritability, poor concentration, and sleep disturbances)

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