Clinical Pearl of the Day: Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
Patients with GAD experience continuous anxiety and stressful life experience.
- 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.