Anxiety, generalized

  • Persistent, long-term disorder of fear, worry or apprehension that is inconsistent to a situation
  • Often affects the heart and breathing
  • Symptoms may include anxiety, irritability and disturbed sleep due to a variety of stressors or stressful situations
  • Cause unknown but may involve factors such as heredity, learned behaviors or long-term stress
  • May be associated with other disorders such as depression or substance abuse
  • Cannot be spread from person to person
  • Affects males and females but more common in females
  • Can occur at any age but most often in adolescence or middle age adults
  • May be mild to severe
  • Early diagnosis and treatment improves long-term outcomes
  • May greatly affect quality of life if left untreated

  • Maintain a healthy diet
  • Exercise regularly
  • Avoid alcohol and sedatives
  • Maintain good sleep habits
  • Perform relaxation techniques such as meditation, yoga and deep breathing regularly

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