[Self-Test] Generalized Anxiety Disorder in Adults
Though no two people experience anxiety in the same way, some common symptoms do exist. Here, we describe how the most prevalent type of anxiety — generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) — may manifest in the daily life of an adult.
Reviewed by Roberto Olivardia, Ph.D.
If you have generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), you worry about everything — whether appropriate and necessary or not.
Symptoms of GAD are nearly constant — and often blown out of proportion when compared to their causes. GAD usually starts in early adulthood, and affects as many as 6.8 million adults in the United States. Most patients are able to function socially and hold down a job, but the constant worry can impair quality of life and cause physical symptoms like headaches.
If the symptoms in the self-test below seem familiar, take the results of your self-test to a mental health professional for evaluation and possible diagnosis and treatment.
Adapted from the screening for Generalized Anxiety Disorder from the Anxiety and Depression Association of America and the anxiety screening test from Mental Health America. This is not a diagnostic tool. If you have concerns about anxiety see a mental health professional. An accurate diagnosis can only be made through clinical evaluation. This self-test is for personal use only.
What To Do Next:
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