Frequent feelings of stress and worry may be a sign that someone is suffering from Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD). GAD is characterised by a feeling of persistent nervousness or anxiety that does not specifically apply to any particular circumstances.
Individuals suffering from GAD will experience persistent and excessive worries about a variety of different situations or events, including world events; the safety of their family or loved ones; their future; their health; and concerns that their worry is out of control or that they may be going mad. Many of the symptoms of GAD are physical and may include trembling, muscle tension, sweating, light-headedness, palpitations, dizziness, and stomach pains.
GAD sufferers may avoid situations or things that would cause them to worry, or may frequently seek reassurance from others about their worries. Some individuals suffering from GAD describe themselves as having ‘always been a worrier’, whereas others can identify a distressing life event that has triggered their excessive worrying. All individuals report a high level of distress caused by these symptoms, and a significant impairment on their daily lives.