The symptoms of general anxiety disorder (GAD) often develop slowly. The severity of the symptoms can vary from person to person. Some people experience only one, or two symptoms, while others experience many more. Anxiety can affect you both physically and mentally (psychologically).
GAD can cause a change in your behaviour, and the way that you think and feel about things. Psychological symptoms of the condition include:
As well as affecting you psychologically, anxiety can also affect you physically. The physical symptoms of GAD can include:
However, if you have GAD, what you are feeling anxious about may not always be clear. Not knowing what triggers your anxiety can intensify your feelings of anxiousness. If you do not understand the cause of your anxiety, you may start to worry that there will be no solution. Many people with GAD struggle to remember the last time they felt calm and relaxed.