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Generalised Anxiety Disorder

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The lifetime prevalence of Generalised Anxiety Disorder (defined by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition (DSM-IV)) is estimated at 5%, with the current prevalence being 2-3%.

It is characterised by excessive and persistent worry about a number of events, which people find hard to control, it can cause significant distress and impairment and occurs more often than not for at least 6 months. Other symptoms can include feeling restless, keyed up or on edge, irritability, muscle tension and sleep problems.