generalized anxiety disorder

noun

: 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

Examples of generalized anxiety disorder in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web It's estimated that approximately 7 million adults in the U.S. have generalized anxiety disorder; but only half of them receive treatment. Dr. Michael Daignault, USA TODAY, 17 Nov. 2022 The more isolation and avoidance that occurs, the worse the specific or generalized anxiety disorder can become. Dallas News, 23 Nov. 2022 Cannistraro, 52, has generalized anxiety disorder and has never taken medication for it. Lindsey Tanner, Fortune, 9 Nov. 2022 The authors showed that CBD therapies are useful for generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and other mental illnesses that lead to anxiety. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 13 Oct. 2022 The two-month study included 276 patients diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder. Erika Edwards, NBC News, 9 Nov. 2022 Several weeks after her first video, Adolphe went public with her own personal struggle, revealing that she had been diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder at the age of 19 after panic attacks sent her to the hospital. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 29 Sep. 2022 His therapist diagnosed him with generalized anxiety disorder and equipped him with the tools to address it. Agnes Constante, Los Angeles Times, 22 Sep. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1978, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of generalized anxiety disorder was in 1978

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“Generalized anxiety disorder.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/generalized%20anxiety%20disorder. Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition

generalized anxiety disorder

noun
: 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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