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The Differences Between Normal Worry & General Anxiety Disorder

You’re worried about X, Y, and Z. You obsess about them for hours every day, maybe for weeks.

How do you know whether this is typical worrying, a normal way of processing something that’s important to you, or if you have generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)?

Karen Swartz, M.D., the Director of Clinical Programs at the Johns Hopkins Mood Disorders Center, says the main difference between worry and GAD is that the symptoms are more frequent with GAD. In a Depression and Anxiety Health Alert, she mentions one study that found that people without GAD tended to worry an average of 55 minutes a day, while those with GAD worried for 310 minutes each day. That’s one hour compared to five.

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The Differences Between Normal Worry & General Anxiety Disorder

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  1. Therese: Another sign of anxiety over worry is when you start to worry habitually. It becomes a pattern of behavior that we must snap out of to make progress with GAD.

  2. The differentiation given between the normal worry and GAD will help to treat the affected persons. Thanks for sharing this informations. And I have to suggest meditation and yoga for the treatment. Because these two can help in the self treatment.

  3. Clearly I was suffering from Generalized Anxiety Disorder but somehow I manage to handle it.


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