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Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Generalized Anxiety Disorder, GAD is a common psychological disorder. Around 4% of the population is suffering from GAD in Hong Kong. Individuals with GAD experience excessive, uncontrollable worry continuously for no less than 6 months. 

It is commonly believed that GAD is caused by an interaction between biological, psychological and environmental factors. Factors such as genetics inheritance, neurochemical imbalance (biological), neuroticism (psychologyical), stress events in life and personal history (enviornment), can also increase the chance of developing GAD. 

Physical Sensations

Feeling tensed and on edge, irritable, heart palpitation, fatigue, shortness of breath, sweating, headache, stomachache, trembling, tensed muscle, insomnia, frequent urination 

Thoughts

Difficulty concentrating, worry for being over-worried, worry for making the wrong decision, often imagine the worst possible situation, lack of confidence, often have "what if" thoughts

Behavior

Tensed, perfectionism, seeking confirmation from others, procrastination, indecisiveness, inability to let go of worry

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People with GAD often worry all sorts of things. This not only makes them anxious and nervous, but also causes mental stress and muscle tension in the long run, and affect their sleep quality. When facing difficulties turning off their anxious thoughts,  they may even feel more anxious for being overworried. Their cognition, behavior, and bodily reaction form a vicious cycle over time, and keeps the problem going.