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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 General Anxiety Disorder By: Gavin Keller 3B No specific group of people developGeneralized Anxiety Disorder (GAD). In fact,more than 40 million adults (18% of the totalpopulation) in the United States are affected. However, women are twiceas likely to suffer from this disorder. Olderadults are also statistically more likely todevelop GAD, along with those who alreadyhave another mental illness or addiction.Younger people who are diagnosed with GADare more likely to suffer from other disordersas well. One factor contributing to GAD isgenetics, so if a family member has it, theirrelatives are at an increased risk. Who's Affected? Symptoms Excessive, ongoing worry and tensionAn unrealistic view of problemsRestlessness or a feeling of being "edgy"IrritabilityMuscle tensionHeadachesSweatingDifficulty concentratingNauseaThe need to go to the bathroom frequentlyTirednessTrouble falling or staying asleepTremblingBeing easily startled Medical Definition It is a condition characterized by 6 months or more of chronic, exaggerated worry and tension that is unfounded or much more severe than the normal anxiety most people experience. Treatment Counseling: Many people seek professionalhelp for their anxiety, specifically cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). It helps people learnto manage their stress with skills to cope, relax,and problem-solve, along with promoting a senseof mindfulness about thoughts/behaviors.Medication: There are two main kinds of medicationused to help treat GAD. The first is a group ofof anti-anxiety medications called benzodiazepines,which help with relaxation. The other option isanti-depressants, which actually may help withlong-term anxiety.No treatment: Since anxiety creates a fight-or-flightresponse in people, constant anxiety/stress can resultin stomachaches, shallow breathing, pounding heart,and tense muscles, which can seriously wear a persondown and create heart and muscular issues. Who's Affected? Additional Facts Anxiety is the most common form of mentalillness in the United States.Brain scans have shown that people suffering from anxiety disorders may havechemical imbalances in their brains.Only about one-third of people suffering fromanxiety seek help.
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