I am 48 and had GAD since I was a tiny kid. I remember worrying about missing the bus to kindergarden. It has NOT ruled my life in times where things are stable and predictable. When things are unpredictable my worry goes up. In the past year I have gotten a new job, and my kitties, who are like my kids, are older, and have been sick. I worry about the weather, my wife and I are both nurses, and we must drive to work no matter what the dangerous icy conditions. This winter has been VERY bad. I am admitting that I have no control over my anxiety, Klonopin helps in a pinch, but as a nurse I am afraid of taking it too often. I just need to know there are others out there suffering from the same thing.