Many agree that the main symptom of generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is concern. This concern is related to issues of daily life and this fact makes it difficult to diagnose because it has been observed (and described in various studies) that these concerns are not different from those of people without GAD.
In the GAD, we observed clinically the presence of chronic worry that lasts for more than six months (according to DSM IV-TR, APA 2000), feelings of insecurity, agitation and nervousness. These concerns can be related to any matter of daily life and this is why it affects multiple areas of the person’s life.
The person experiences a continuous and constant state of anxiety that rises as new sources of stress appear. Often the person will mostly find it difficult to relax and feel that there are always new worries to feed this state of tension, this will even lead to disrupting their sleep. In addition, the person can experience various body pain or discomfort.
The person experiences difficulty in regulating their emotions. GAD causes a significant deterioration in the quality of life of the person. It can cause a significant loss of relationships and social ties, it can alter work activity, as well as it can cause a deterioration of family ties.