Clinical Pearl of the Day: Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Generalized anxiety disorder has symptoms that are similar to panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and other types of anxiety.

Clinical Pearl of the Day: Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)

Patients with GAD experience continuous anxiety and stressful life experience.

Insight:

  • It's possible to develop GAD as a child or an adult.
  • GAD has symptoms that are similar to panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and other types of anxiety, but they're all different conditions.
  • Living with generalized anxiety disorder can be a long-term challenge.
  • In many cases, GAD occurs along with other anxiety or mood disorders.
  • In most cases, GAD improves with psychotherapy or medications.
  • Symptoms may include persistent worrying, overthinking, indecisiveness, inability to relax, and difficulty concentrating.
  • Risk factors may include genetics and life experiences.
  • Diagnosis may include physical therapy and mental assessment.
  • Treatment includes psychotherapy, antidepressants, buspirone, and benzodiazepines.
  • Making lifestyle changes, learning coping skills, and using relaxation techniques also can help.

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