The diagnostic criterion for generalized anxiety disorder specifies that symptoms must be present for at least six months. Generalized anxiety disorder may cause you to worry and feel anxious about everyday tasks, such as automobile repair, family interactions, or your job duties. You may feel restless and very stressed out. It may be difficult for you to concentrate on or complete ordinary tasks. Depression, panic disorder, and substance abuse are may co-exist with generalized anxiety disorder.
Generalized anxiety disorder can cause physical symptoms as well. You may feel irritable, tired, weak, and shaky. You may experience excessive sweating, shortness of breath, and feel your heart beating in your chest. Headaches and muscle tension are associated with generalized anxiety disorder. You may experience problems sleeping. It may be difficult to fall asleep, stay asleep, or to “get a good night’s sleep.” Generalized anxiety disorder can contribute to digestive problems, such as irritable bowel syndrome.