Feeling a little anxiety sometimes is very normal. However, you may have generalised anxiety disorder if you experience the following situations:
Generalised anxiety disorder has significant impact on a person’s daily functioning. It affects their relationships and their family, social and professional activities.
Generalised anxiety disorder is part of the large group or anxiety disorders.
People with generalised anxiety disorder feel a high level of anxiety and worry nonstop during a period of at least 6 months. The anxiety is often accompanied by one or more of the following symptoms:
Do not wait to be unable to conduct your usual activities in order to consult. If you have symptoms, you can consult certain organisations and associations working with anxiety disorders. They offer information, help and support.
However, see your family doctor or another health professional if you experience one of the following situations:
A health professional can assess whether you have a generalised anxiety disorder, or another health problem with similar symptoms. To be properly assessed, it could be necessary to conduct a physical exam or to prescribe laboratory tests. You will be proposed a treatment plan that is adapted to your needs.
See the Help and Resources section to find resources available to you.
If you have suicidal thoughts and fear for your safety, or that of people around you, see the Preventing Suicide page. You will find further information on help and resources available.
Generalised anxiety disorder is an illness that can be treated. There are known treatments available to treat this disorder. Treatments allow people affected to regain control of their lives and daily activities. The earlier an affected person consults with a doctor, the faster he or she will recover.
In most cases, generalised anxiety disorder is treated very effectively with psychotherapy, anti-anxiety medication, or a combination of these 2 treatments.
Anxiety disorder experts usually recommend one of the following 2 therapies:
Experts also recommend that people affected join a support group to talk and help each other.
Different medicines can be used to treat generalised anxiety disorder, including antidepressants and anxiolytics. See the page with information on anxiety problems to learn more about:
The condition of someone with generalised anxiety disorder can worsen if it is not taken seriously. See the page with information on everything you need to know about anxiety disorder complications.
If you show symptoms of generalised anxiety disorder, you can act now. Advice on maintaining good mental health will help you change certain lifestyle habits. These changes will not heal you, but they can help you eliminate factors that worsen or maintain your generalised anxiety disorder.
Generalised anxiety disorder has no clear identified cause. It is a combination of several factors resulting in the onset of symptoms of the disorder. These factors can be biological, hereditary or environmental. See the anxiety disorder information page to learn more about the risk factors of anxiety disorders.
Women are twice more at risk then men of being affected by generalised anxiety disorder.
It is usually at the beginning of adulthood that people consult a health professional for generalised anxiety disorder. They often report having always been anxious. These people also often consult family doctors or specialists for all kinds of physical pain.
Most people with generalised anxiety disorder are also afflicted with other mental problems, panic disorder and depression in particular.
Resources are available for help and to obtain further information about generalised anxiety disorder. You can consult the anxiety disorder information page to find available resources for anxiety disorders.
To receive care or services, or to find a psychotherapist with whom you are comfortable, contact one of the following resources:
To find the contact information for your family medicine clinic, your CISSS or your CIUSSS, go to the Finding a Resource section.
Last update: September 27, 2016 12:21 PM
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