A condition characterized by persistent, excessive, and difficult-to-control worry associated with significant symptoms of motor tension, autonomic hyperactivity, and/or disturbances...
Diagnosis is primarily made through history taking. Pathologic anxiety must be distinguished from normal anxiety reactions.
DSM-5 criteria are as follows:
Assess for suicidality given increased risk.
Identify and treat coexisting substance abuse and other psychiatric conditions.
Psychoeducation recommended for all patients
Follow up within 2 to 4 weeks from starting new medications.
Medications should be continued past the initial period of response and probably for...
F41.9 Anxiety disorder, unspecified
F41.1 Generalized anxiety disorder
F41.8 Other specified anxiety disorders
F41.0Panic disorder without agoraphobia
F41.3 Other mixed anxiety disorders
Psychiatric comorbidities, especially depression, are extremely common with GAD; patients are at increased risk for suicidality.
CBT and SSRIs (possibly in combination) are the treatmen...
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