Generalized anxiety disorder is characterized by excessive and uncontrollable worry. Among other symptoms, individuals may experience restlessness, irritability and muscle tension.
Alice describes herself as a “worry wort”. She worries incessantly about bad things that might happen. Worrying interferes with her sleep as she finds it difficult turning off her thoughts at night. During the day she often feels edgy and irritable. She likes to plan ahead for any potential problems. She’s not comfortable with uncertainty. Her anxiety is often triggered by a simple “what if…?” question.