Different Treatment Methods For Generalized Anxiety Disorder

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Critically Evaluate Three Different Treatment Methods for Generalised Anxiety Disorder Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is characterised by pervasive, uncontrollable, and excessive worry (Newman et al., 2011; Marcus, Westra, Angus, & Kertes, 2011; Salzer, Winkelbach, Leweke, Leibing, and Leichsenring, 2011; Rynn et al., 2008; & Mittee, 2005). It is also associated with somatic symptoms (Salzer et al., 2011; Rynn et al., 2008; & Mittee, 2005), and avoidance of emotional processing (Newman et al., 2011). Prevalence is higher in women, particularly women aged 45 to 55 (Burton, Westen, & Kowalski, 2015). The Australian Burro of Statistics reports a 5.9% lifetime prevalence for GAD (as cited in, Burton et al., 2015). It is there for important to evaluate different treatment methods that directly target problem areas associated with GAD. Treatment methods evaluated in this essay include; duloxetine; cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), and acceptance-based behaviour therapy (ABBT). It will be argued that CBT is the most effective short and long-term treatment for GAD. Ryann, Russell, and Raskin (2008) examined the effectiveness of Duloxetine “a selective serotonin (5-HT) and norephedrine (NE) reuptake inhibitor (SNRI) of both serotonin and norepinephrine systems” (p. 183). A total of 327 adults (61.7% women) with a mean age of 41.6 were randomly assigned to either receiving 60 – 120 mg duloxetine (168) or placebo (159). A 30 mg reduction was permitted in first two weeks for…
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