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Anxious Trait (Generalized Anxiety Disorder)

by skilynn Posted 28th Feb 2017 at 11:31 PM - Updated 29th Nov 2017 at 12:13 PM by skilynn
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Update 11/29/17: Hi, everyone. I am sorry to say I won't be updating this trait for the Pets expansion. I no longer play the Sims 4, and since it isn't installed on my computer, I am unable to update it. If someone else wants to update my trait, they are welcome to. Just credit me for the original.

Inspired by saphryn's Depressed trait, iridescentlaura's Social Anxiety Disorder trait, emile20's Bipolar trait, and miceylulu's Borderline Personality Disorder trait, I have made a trait to portray Generalized Anxiety Disorder.

Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is an anxiety disorder characterized by excessive, uncontrollable and often irrational worry, that is, apprehensive expectation about events or activities. This excessive worry often interferes with daily functioning, as individuals with GAD typically anticipate disaster, and are overly concerned about everyday matters such as health issues, money, death, family problems, friendship problems, interpersonal relationship problems, or work difficulties. [x]

  • Bladder, Hygiene, Fun, and Energy decrease at a faster rate. Hunger and Social decrease slower.
  • Creative skills, especially musical skills, are built faster, as they are common coping mechanisms for people who suffer from this disorder. The Video gaming skill also increases faster.
  • If you have Spa Day, the Wellness skill is built faster, as meditation and yoga are common coping skills.
  • Since it is hard to balance anxiety with logic, the Logic skill is harder to build.
  • Social skills are harder to build.
  • Anxious Sims find it harder to succeed in "high-stress" or "high-risk" jobs: Astronaut, Business, Secret Agent, Doctor (Get to Work), and Politics (City Living). It is easier for them to succeed in other jobs, though: Painter and Tech Guru.
  • Teens with the trait have a harder time succeeding in school, and succeeding in the Retail career.
  • Sims with GAD often feel misunderstood, so it is harder for them to build relationships.


There are six buffs Anxious Sims will get.
  • Feeling Anxious: Your Sim is feeling anxious, like something might go wrong at any moment. 80% chance of appearing, +3 Tense, 6hrs
  • Ruminating: What if, what if, what if... Your Sim can't stop running everything over and over in their mind. 50% chance of appearing, +3 Tense, 4hrs
  • Panic Attack!: It's too much! Your Sim has been overcome with their anxiety and is having a panic attack! 15% chance of appearing, +8 Tense, 4hrs
  • It's Over: The panic attack has passed. Your Sim is exhausted now. Always appears after a panic attack, +5 Dazed, 4hrs
  • Sick of Being Sick: Why can't I be normal? Dealing with anxiety every day is sometimes enough to make your Sim cry! 30% chance of appearing, +3 Sad, 4hrs
  • Feeling Calm: The anxiety has subsided. Your Sim is feeling pretty great! 20% chance of appearing, +3 Happy, 4hrs

This mod is, of course, based on my own experiences with anxiety. If you have any suggestions, like adjusting anything with the trait or more moodlets, let me know and I'll be happy to add/adjust it. I would also like to make a PTSD trait in the future, so if you have suggestions for that as well, let me know.

Happy simming!

Additional Credits:
Zerbu for his amazing mod constructor. Thank you, Zerbu!
The awesome modders listed above for their mental illness traits! Thank you for inspiring me to do this!
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1. Download: Click the File tab to see the download link. Click the link to save the .rar or .zip file(s) to your computer.
Read the upload description for installation instructions. If nothing else is specified, do the following:
2. Extract: Use WinRAR (Windows) to extract the .package file(s) (if included, ts4script as well) from the .rar or .zip file(s).
3. Cut and paste the .package file(s) (if included, ts4script as well) into your Mods folder
  • Windows XP: Documents and Settings\(Current User Account)\My Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 4\Mods\
  • Windows Vista/7/8/8.1: Users\(Current User Account)\Documents\Electronic Arts\The Sims 4\Mods\

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  • Anyone can use both .rar and .zip files easily! On Windows, use WinRAR.
  • If you don't have a Mods folder, just make one.
  • Mod still not working? Make sure you have script mods enabled
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