Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
Generalised Anxiety disorder, aka GAD, consists of feeling anxious about a variety of different circumstances and issues. GAD is one of the most common anxiety disorders in the UK.
The physical effects of GAD include:
- dry mouth
Mental effects include:
- Feeling restless and irritable
- Constantly anticipating disaster
- Struggling to concentrate
- Excessive worrying about everyday matters e.g. work, health, money, relationships etc
Effects on Business Students
Effects of GAD on business students include:
- Increase in absences – as a result of the above symptoms, business students with GAD may find the whole higher education experience too stressful. Due to this, they may regularly be absent from classes
- Fears surrounding securing employment – A common symptom of GAD is always fearing the worst. Because of this, anxious students may feel hopeless when it comes to searching for employment. They may feel as if they are not good enough to be employed
- Student-related issues – similar to SAD, GAD affects different aspects of student life. Academic performance, relationships and engagement with studies can be negatively impacted as students with GAD put immense pressure on themselves and worry excessively
- Leads to serious issues – long-term effects of GAD on students can lead to serious problems such as eating disorders, drug abuse, alcoholism, self-harm and suicide
Overall, Generalised Anxiety disorder has many different effects and can negatively impact business students’ lives. Please contact your GP if the above information and effects are applicable to your daily life.