Generalised Anxiety Disorder

What is it?

Generalised anxiety disorder ((GAD) is the feeling of being anxious about almost everything and anything for no real apparent reason. Often, people affected by GAD will feel overly worried about a wide range of things relating to a variety of topics including health, money, work, school and relationships. GAD is therefore a condition leaves people feeling anxious about a multitude of things rather than any one specific thing.   While most of us worry or feel anxious at some point in our lives, those who experience generalised anxiety find it particularly difficult to control their worries. On the whole, their feelings of anxiety are more persistent and often begin to affect their daily lives

DIY self diagnosis

If you can answer YES to the majority of these questions you may be suffering with a GAD phobia:

  • Do you feel that you have been nervous most days over the past 6 months?
  • Do you have problems falling asleep? Do you have bad dreams or wake up worrying?
  • Do you feel that your body is very tense or uptight?
  • Do you often feel that you want to shout or feel frustrated?

Anxiety UK strongly advises that people seek further information and guidance from their GP who will be able to make a formal diagnosis.

How we can help

By becoming a member of Anxiety UK – for just £40 per year (see all our membership) you enjoy a range of support services and resources, including:

  • Access to reduced cost therapies
  • One year’s free subscription to Headspace (worth approx. £72), more details here
  • Access to specialist email and helpline support
  • Subscription to Anxious Times magazine (worth £12 annually)
  • Access to our Member’s area and other free online resources
  • Access to our exclusive member’s only online message boards
  • Free copy of Understanding Anxiety booklet (worth £3.99)
  • 20% discount on purchases of Kalms Lavender One-A-Day Capsules made via This discount is exclusively for Anxiety UK members.
  • 10% off a Listening Books membership (normally between £20 and £45 per year).
  • Total value of more than £90 annually!

Generalised Anxiety Disorder fact sheet

GAD Fact Sheet

This fact sheet gives a detailed overview, as well as a look at some of the evidence based approaches to treating GAD.

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Recommended resources

Generalised Anxiety Disorder: A brief guide covers everything you will need to know about Generalised Anxiety  Disorder. You can purchase your copy from the Anxiety UK shop here.

Overcoming Worry and Generalised Anxiety Disorder is a step-by-step guide to self-improvement, which makes use of CBT techniques. You can purchase this book from the Anxiety UK online shop here.

Worry Box is designed to help you understand your anxiety – your worry – and introduce you to a great way to fix it You can purchase yours from the Anxiety UK online shop here.