Do I have an anxiety disorder?

If you’re experiencing symptoms of anxiety over a long period of time, you may have an anxiety disorder. For more information about symptoms, read our section called Why do I feel anxious and panicky?

Generalised anxiety disorder (GAD)

Generalised anxiety disorder (GAD) is a long-term condition that affects one in every 25 people in the UK. It can make you feel anxious about a wide range of situations and issues, rather than one specific event. You may have GAD if:

  • your worrying is uncontrollable and causes distress
  • your worrying affects your daily life, including school, your job and your social life
  • you can’t let go of your worries
  • you worry about all sorts of things, such as your job or health, and minor concerns, such as household chores

You should see your GP if anxiety is affecting your daily life or causing you distress. They can diagnose your condition based on your symptoms, which may include:

  • feeling restless or on edge
  • being irritable
  • getting tired easily
  • having difficulty concentrating or feeling your mind goes blank
  • having difficulty getting to sleep or staying asleep
  • having tense muscles

If you’re diagnosed with GAD, there is treatment is available. Read more information about treating GAD.

Other types of anxiety disorder

There are several other types of anxiety disorder, including:

Read the answers to more questions about mental health.

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