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Everyone experiences fear and anxiety from time to time, mostly in response to specific situations. However, someone with uncontrollable and irrational worry that persists may have a generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). Anxiety disorders can develop in childhood or adulthood. Either way, coping with anxiety on a regular basis can be challenging.

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1. Fixation on the Outcome of Events

People with generalized anxiety disorder worry excessively about the outcome of events. Long before the time in question, they become preoccupied with the numerous possibilities and outcomes, regardless of the plausibility of these invented scenarios. In severe cases, individuals with GAD may not even have a specific event on which to focus; they may have inexplicable anxiety about mundane and routine things. Constant worry can be severely debilitating. Therapy can help individuals gain perspective through discussion and learn coping mechanisms.

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