GAD results in severe feelings of anxiety about nearly everything the character comes into contact with. Even simple tasks represent the potential for failure on a catastrophic scale and should be avoided or minimized. Additionally, negative outcomes for any action are always assumed to be the only possible outcomes.

A subject that is hypochondriac will often behave as though they are under the effects of some other disorder or physical malady. This can be consistent over time or can be different and ever changing. They will react with hostility to claims that they are faking or not actually ill.