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Everyone has temporary feelings of anxiety or worry from time to time. However you may have an anxiety disorder if persistent worry and anxiety interfere with your life.
If your anxiety makes you feel ill and tired, and affects your day-to-day life, you probably have generalised anxiety disorder (GAD). There is a difference between normal, everyday worrying and the sort of worrying that happens with GAD. GAD is when you worry or feel very anxious most of the time and these feelings last for at least six months.
GAD is a real illness and although there is no cure it can be successfully treated. It is a long-term illness that can last for many years before it is diagnosed.
GAD is common; about 1 in 20 adults get an anxiety disorder in their life- time. It is more common in women than men and it is often present with another mental illness such as depression or panic disorder.