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Persistent anxiety disorder, also known as generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), is an often undiagnosed disease that is surprisingly treatable. Untreated and unrecognized, the sufferer may see themselves as a pessimistic worrier with no hope of happiness. The afflicted may feel a high level of constant tension, worry, fatigue, and even anger.

Symptoms may include:

- inability to relax
- trouble falling asleep
- waking in the middle of the night and being unable to go back to sleep
- nightmares
- headaches
- muscle tension
- irritability and anger
- sweats and hotflashes
- dizziness
- vertigo
- lightheadedness
- tiredness
- difficulty concentrating
- may also have signs of depression

This anxiety disorder can effect people of any age group, race, and gender, though it is most common in women. The symptoms can build gradually over time, thus causing the sufferer to dismiss symptoms until they are so overwhelmed suicidal thoughts may begin to surface and making it though a simple day becomes a challenge. By getting treatment, most or all of these symptoms can disappear.

Treatment is available in varying forms from drug therapy to counseling, and usually a combination of both. There are a number of drugs available such a BuSpar or Ativan that can help alleviate symptoms. However, through counseling, some time can be spent trying to target the cause of the anxiety disorder. There are chemical imbalances that can cause this disease, is sometimes inherited from family members, and some stressful events can onset anxiety.

This disorder is very easy to treat, but the most difficult step is going to the doctor and telling him about existing symptoms. Once the right drug, and or therapy is found, one would be surprised at how much different she may feel, and how much more enjoyable life can be.