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Generalized anxiety disorder? Is that just being scared to go out?
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Dr. Missid Ghanem
Clinical Psychology
8 doctors agree
In brief: Not quite
It's more a pattern of frequent, constant worry & anxiety over many different activities & events.
A number of physical symptoms may also be present, including muscle tension (shakiness, headaches) & stomach problems, such as nausea or diarrhea. The fear of going out that you're referring to is mentioned usually more in relation to agoraphobia or social anxiety. Google them... Wishing you well.

In brief: Not quite
It's more a pattern of frequent, constant worry & anxiety over many different activities & events.
A number of physical symptoms may also be present, including muscle tension (shakiness, headaches) & stomach problems, such as nausea or diarrhea. The fear of going out that you're referring to is mentioned usually more in relation to agoraphobia or social anxiety. Google them... Wishing you well.
Dr. Missid Ghanem
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Dr. Chris Esguerra
Psychiatry
4 doctors agree
In brief: Agoraphobia
Agoraphobia is when someone is fearful of being unable to leave public places and thus stays at home.
It generally occurs with panic disorder. Generalized anxiety disorder (gad) is continual worry about many things all day with physical symptoms, lasting at least 6 months, affecting ones ability to function.

In brief: Agoraphobia
Agoraphobia is when someone is fearful of being unable to leave public places and thus stays at home.
It generally occurs with panic disorder. Generalized anxiety disorder (gad) is continual worry about many things all day with physical symptoms, lasting at least 6 months, affecting ones ability to function.
Dr. Chris Esguerra
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Dr. Timothy Gunn
Clinical Psychology
3 doctors agree
In brief: No
Generalized anxiety disorder is a disorder characterized by having pervasive worry in multiple different areas for at least 6 months.
In addition, the person must find that they cannot control the worrying and has some concurrent symptoms such as muscle tension, difficulty concentrating and/or feeling on edge. Being scared to go out would likely not qualify for this particular diagnosis.

In brief: No
Generalized anxiety disorder is a disorder characterized by having pervasive worry in multiple different areas for at least 6 months.
In addition, the person must find that they cannot control the worrying and has some concurrent symptoms such as muscle tension, difficulty concentrating and/or feeling on edge. Being scared to go out would likely not qualify for this particular diagnosis.
Dr. Timothy Gunn
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