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free-floating anxiety
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free-floating anxiety


He is full of adrenaline, his nerves are shot, and his mind is cluttered up with free-floating anxiety-floating around on an ocean of generalized terror.
Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  ever-present tensions and insecurities unrelated to specific events, situations, or threats
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Strongly Associated with:   generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)
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  • He is full of adrenaline, his nerves are shot, and his mind is cluttered up with free-floating anxiety-floating around on an ocean of generalized terror.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • Fear of such judgment may be feeding the free-floating anxiety that we have found, which manifests itself in adamant doctrines of correctness and the firm conviction that "other people" are ruining the language.
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
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Associated words [difficulty]:   free-floating anxiety [9] , generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) [9] , paranoid [2] , paranoid [2] , psychopathic [4] , post-traumatic stress (PTSD) [5] , hypochondria [6] , narcissism [6] , sociopathic [6] , passive-aggressive [8] , schizoid [8] , ADHD [9] , antisocial personality disorder [9]
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