Around 5% or more of the general population will suffer from GAD at some point in their lives. The prevalence of the disorder is higher, however, in people who are already visiting a general practitioner.
GAD is also more common in people with another psychiatric disorder, including another anxiety disorder. Finally, GAD is somewhat more common in women than in men.
Most people with GAD say that they have suffered from excessive worrying all their lives; the condition may have an early onset and may continue for many years. Symptoms often worsen during stressful times.
Information supplied by the Mental Health Information Centre (Toll free number: 0800 600 411)
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