I was diagnosed with GAD about 5 years ago, but have been dealing with anxiety for 10+ years. I was wondering if anyone else here has the experience of feeling fairly "normal" most of the time, but 1-2 times per year develop moderate to severe episodes of anxiety with GI distress, racing thoughts, sleep issues. Sometimes life experiences provoke the episodes, sometimes not. Each episode lasts 3-4 weeks, gradually getting less severe as time goes by. As soon as the episode passes, I can go a full year without much trouble (with the exception of the typical GAD excessive worrying). Anyone else have a similar manifestation of GAD?