Generalized Anxiety Disorder: Diagnosis

A diagnosis of GAD can be made when a child’s anxiety is beyond her control, is focused on a number of different activities, causes significant distress or impairment, and is present “for more days than not” for at least 6 months.

GAD is distinguished from typical worry in its excessiveness, longer duration, lack of precipitating events, and occurence even when the performance or activity is not being evaluated.

To be diagnosed, a child must also have one of these symptoms: restless, on-edge feeling, fatigue, loss of focus, irritability, muscle tension, or trouble sleeping.