Book Definition: A psychological problem characterized by persistent and pervasive feelings of anxiety, without any external cause.


In Your Own Words


  • Feeling anxious with no external stimulus or stimuli causing the stress.
  • A restless feeling that occurs without explainable reason.
  • When someone is anxious all the time.
  • Being anxious without a reason.

Examples/Functions


  • Symptoms include but are not limited to: excessive irritability, extreme nausea, headaches, fatigue, and muscle tension.
  • Worrying about family problems, money, work problems.
  • About 5% of U.S. adults experience generalized anxiety disorder at some point during their lifetime, and about 3% have it in any given year.
  • Sally gets anxious a lot but there is no reason for her to be anxious.
  • Barnabe is strolling through the park like he always does, he then becomes very anxious but was not provoked.
  • Rella is bored with nothing to do, she lays in bed and gets very excited for no reason whatsoever.

Additional Resources


1. http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/anxiety-disorders/complete-index.shtml#pub7
2. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001915/
3. http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/anxiety-disorders/index.shtml
4. http://www.webmd.com/anxiety-panic/guide/mental-health-anxiety-disorders