What is Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)?
A generalized anxiety disorder is the presence of excessive anxiety and worry that occurs more days than not for at least six months, about a number of events or activities. The anxiety and worry are associated with three (or more) of the following six symptoms (with at least some symptoms having been present for more days than not for the past six months):
- Poor concentration
- Feeling tense (muscle tightness)
- Sleep disturbance (sleeping too much or too little)
Individuals can find it difficult to control their worry. The anxiety, worry or physical symptoms cause clinically significant distress or impairment in social, occupational or other important areas of functioning.
What is Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)?
Obsessive compulsive disorder is the presence of obsessions, compulsions or both. The obsessions or compulsions are time-consuming and cause clinically significant distress or impairment in overall functioning. The obsessive compulsive symptoms are not attributable to the physiological effects of a substance or another medical condition. The disturbance is not better explained by the symptoms of another mental disorder.