Conditions InDepth: Generalized Anxiety Disorder
Approximately 6.8 million American adults develop GAD during the course of a given year. It most often strikes people in childhood or adolescence, but can begin in adulthood, too. It affects women more often than men. Some research suggests that GAD may run in families, and it may also worsen during stressful times.
Research shows that GAD often coexists with
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