Everyone gets nervous or anxious from time to time. For some people, however, anxiety becomes so frequent, or so forceful, that it begins to take over their lives. If you experience any of the following symptoms on a regular basis, you may want to talk with your doctor.
Excessive worry. The hallmark of generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)—the broadest type of anxiety—is worrying too much about everyday things, large and small. But what constitutes “too much”? In the case of GAD, it means having persistent anxious thoughts on most days of the week, for six months.