What Are the Causes of Generalized Anxiety Disorder?

Only about 30% of the causes of GAD are inherited. There are certain traits that may make people more likely to develop this problem; these include general nervousness, depression, inability to tolerate frustration, and feeling inhibited. People with GAD also report more recent life stresses (such as conflicts with other people, changes in their work, and additional demands placed on them) than those without GAD do. People with GAD may not be as effective in solving problems in everyday life as they could be, or they may have personal conflicts in which they may not be as assertive or effective as they could be.