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A little anxiety is normal in certain situations; however, people who experience generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) suffer from excessive, uncontrolled, and irrational worry about daily activities or situations. With GAD, anxiety or worry can become so intense that it gradually interferes with day-to-day family, social, financial, and health-related activities.1,2,3,4 GAD is often chronic and can be severely disabling if it is not treated.


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  4. National Institute of Mental Health. (n.d.). Generalized anxiety disorder: When worry gets out of control [Fact sheet]. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health.

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