Everyone feels stress now and then, from watching the news, thinking about the pandemic or just general concerns about your family. But if that stress turns into excessive worrying that affects the control you have over your day-to-day life, you may have a condition called generalized anxiety disorder (GAD).

GAD affects about 6.8 million adults in the United States. There are also all kinds of physical and psychological health conditions that include anxiety as a symptom or byproduct.

Generalized anxiety disorder can be difficult to diagnose and even more difficult to treat, but we can perhaps better understand GAD and anxiety in general by taking a deeper dive into some of the factors that best characterize the condition's symptoms.

Excessive worry

There are a number of them you should look out for. Well-documented examples include:

  • Overthinking issues that are way beyond your control, imagining worst-case scenarios and trying to think up solutions for problems that may never happen.
  • Blowing up the impact of events way out of proportion.
  • Feeling threatened inappropriately, always being on edge, unable to relax and constantly restless.
  • An inability