Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Cancer Diagnosis


Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is one of the more common anxiety-related illnesses that affects people. It is characterized by a sense of unease, worry or nervousness that persists for lasts for six months or longer. Physical symptoms may also occur, including excessive perspiration and an unusually rapid heart rate. People who have generalized anxiety disorder often suffer from headaches or stomach-aches.

Unfortunately, the physical effects of anxiety may be even direr than we once suspected. A study from a hospital in Taiwan has revealed a troubling association between generalized anxiety and cancer.

The participants in the Taiwanese study who had been diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder were found to be significantly more likely than their healthy counterparts to develop cancer. Men with GAD were shown to be especially prone to lung cancer and prostate cancer as compared to men who did not suffer from an anxiety disorder.

To learn more about the study and what it implies, read the information contained in the links below.

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ewan Wilson March 28, 2013 at 4:06 pm

Does anyone have any information on depersonalization and the relationship to anxiety disorders. I could use some feedback


panic attack or anxiety attack July 20, 2013 at 1:55 am

On the other hand, these attacks can put us in dangerous situations, like in
the example mentioned above. But there are numerous problems connected with medication.
It can be treated both naturally and with the help of proper
medication as well. Change to a healthier lifestyle – Go to bed
and wake up early, keep from eating junk foods and foods that contain
stimulants which contains nicotine, caffeine and alcohol.


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