Generalised Anxiety Disorder

Generalised anxiety disorder (GAD) is a mental health condition that causes excessive and disproportional anxiety and worry that negatively impacts the persons everyday activity. Symptoms are present on a daily basis for months at a time.



  • The GAD-7 anxiety questionnaire can help establish the severity of the diagnosis
  • Assess for co-morbid mental health problems, such as depression and obsessive compulsive disorder
  • Assess for environmental triggers and contributors, such as family relationships, friendships, bullies, school pressures, alcohol and drug use



Mild anxiety can be managed with watchful waiting and advice about self-help strategies (e.g. meditation), diet, exercise and avoiding alcohol, caffeine and drugs.

Moderate to severe anxiety can be referred to CAMHS services to initiate:

  • Counselling
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy
  • Medical management. Usually an SSRI such as sertraline is considered.


Last updated January 2020