Anxiety Disorder

Generalized anxiety disorder, often called GAD, turns daily life into a state of worry, anxiety and fear for its sufferers. They find themselves unable to think of anything but the "what ifs" of life. They usually feel that there's no way out of their vicious cycle of anxiety and worry. Sometimes a person can realize that the feelings are irrational, but even knowing that doesn't erase the feelings. The worry and anxiety remain.

People with GAD usually expect the worst; they worry excessively about money, health, family, or work, even when there are no signs of trouble.

Keep in mind that everyone experiences anxiety as a normal reaction to threatening, dangerous, uncertain, or important situations. However, GAD is characterized by six months or more of chronic, exaggerated worry and tension that is unfounded, or is much more severe than the normal anxiety most people experience.

Research shows that GAD can often coexist with depression, substance abuse, or other anxiety disorders. Conditions associated with stress, such as irritable bowel syndrome, often accompany GAD. The disorder also has an impact on the sufferer's physical health and well-being.

Fortunately, extensive research - like the research done in our own clinical studies - has led to effective, helpful treatments for people with GAD. If you or someone you know suffers from chronic anxiety, you may want to call or e-mail us for information about our GAD clinical research studies. There is no obligation or cost.

The test below may help you assess your anxiety:

Common Signs of Anxiety Yes No
1. I feel restless, keyed up and on edge much of the time.
2. I become easily fatigued.
3. I have difficulty concentrating, and sometimes my mind seems to "go blank."
4. I am often irritable.
5. I experience lots of muscle tension.
6. I do not sleep well or peacefully (difficulty falling or staying asleep, or you experience restless, unsatisfying sleep).

If you checked "Yes" to three or more of those symptoms, and those symptoms have been present for more days than not over the past six months, then it is possible that you are struggling with GAD.

So if you feel that anxiety has gotten out of control - either anxiety you are experiencing, or a concern about someone else's anxiety - call us about a GAD evaluation that we offer. All inquiries are confidential.

All examinations and procedures are free of charge. If inquiries lead to participation in one of our clinical studies, participants are compensated for their time and they qualify for follow-up treatment after the trial at no cost.

Tel: 513-791-7760