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Do I have an anxiety disorder?

If you are 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
  • your worrying affects your daily life, including your job and social life
  • your worrying causes you distress
  • 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
  • being irritable
  • getting tired easily
  • having difficulty concentrating
  • 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.

Further information: 

Page last reviewed: 10/05/2014

Next review due: 09/05/2016