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 On average, patients with generalized anxiety disorder miss more days of work per month than their colleagues who are not suffering from it. Marija Butkovic, Forbes, 11 July 2022 In reality, the TV personality, 48, has suffered from generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) and panic attacks for much of his life. Jenna Ryu, USA TODAY, 31 May 2022 In 2018, Carson Daly revealed his generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) to the world. Jenna Ryu, USA TODAY, 31 May 2022 Women are more likely to be diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder than men and more than twice as likely to be diagnosed with depression, according to the Mayo Clinic. Megan Marples, CNN, 4 May 2022 Some might have more inclination to fall into ruminating: people experiencing depression, generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, those with phobias, or persons with post-traumatic stress disorder. Alex Wagner, SPIN, 27 Apr. 2022 In the months that followed, Birch was also diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder. Amy Marturana Winderl, SELF, 4 Apr. 2022 In the 1990s Mark Freeston and Michel Dugas were part of a team at Laval University in Quebec looking into generalized anxiety disorder. Francine Russo, Scientific American, 14 Feb. 2022 Fully half met the criteria for generalized anxiety disorder. Marion Renault, The Atlantic, 9 Feb. 2022 See More

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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 13 Aug. 2022.

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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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