About 7% of the population will suffer from GAD. Women are twice as likely as men to have this problem. This is a chronic condition, with many people saying that they have been “worriers” all their lives. Most people with GAD have a variety of other problems, including phobias, depression, irritable bowel syndrome, and relationship problems. Many people who have this problem find that they avoid others because of fear of rejection, or that they become overly dependent on others because of their lack of confidence.