People with GAD often anticipate disaster (catastrophize) and worry excessively about money, health, family, work, or other issues. They may worry more than seems warranted about actual events or may expect the worst even when there is no apparent reason for concern and typically find it difficult to control their worry.
With GAD, just the thought of getting through can produces anxiety. Even though people with GAD usually realize that their anxiety is more intense than the situation warrants, they are unable to stop the worry cycle and feel it is beyond their control. Anxiety disorders of all types often are related to difficulty tolerating uncertainty and therefore people with anxiety try to plan or control situations in an attempt to remove the uncertainty. Many people with GAD (mistakenly) believe worry prevents bad things from happening so they are reluctant to give it up. At times, GASD can cause physical problems such as stomachaches, headaches, restlessness and difficulty relaxing.