Risk Factors for Generalized Anxiety Disorder

While there’s not one factor or combination of factors that can determine whether someone will have GAD, there are certain risk factors of generalized anxiety disorder that may increase the likelihood. Generalized anxiety disorder risk factors can include:

  • Family members with a history of anxiety disorders
  • Childhood abuse or trauma
  • Excessive use of certain substances including caffeine
  • Ongoing, prolonged exposure to stressful environments or situations

 

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