Generalised Anxiety Disorder: Risk Factors and Causes

Generalised Anxiety Disorder: Risk Factors and Causes


By Dr. Omkar Mate, Psychiatry,

A Generalized anxiety disorder is normally referred to as a psychological disorder which is indicated by abnormal and excessive anxiety. You can be anxious regarding a lot of things such as your work, relationships or financial issues. Generalized anxiety disorder can turn chronic, and you can begin to worry about things which are basically unrealistic. People who suffer from this particular psychological disorder tend to become anxious easily and generally tend to worry about things without any apparent reason.

How do you know whether you have generalized anxiety disorder? 
Generalized Anxiety disorder should be suspected when an individual is unable to control his/her anxiety more often than not. The individual tends to be overly concerned about family, health, money and various other issues.

Symptoms General anxiety disorder is generally characterized by symptoms such as: 
Worries about multiple things and about multiple situations. Sleep disturbance and sometimes being unable to sleep at all

A constant feeling of restlessness Getting irritated easily
Aches and pains including frequent headaches due to muscles being constantly tensed.

Risk Factors 
There is a gradual onset of the disease and can happen anytime during the entire life cycle. People who are suffering from this particular disorder might understand that they are worrying all the time and still not stop worrying. Generally, it has been observed that women tend to suffer more from generalized anxiety disorder in comparison to men.

The exact cause of Generalized Anxiety disorder is not yet identified, but a number of factors maybe associated with this particular disorder. The principal factors which have been identified include:

  1. Family background
  2. Biological factors or stressful life experiences

People who are suffering from this particular disease mildly can function properly in their day to day life as well as work. However, people who face impairment in their day to day functioning or have aches and pains without a diagnosable physical cause need psychiatric help and counseling.