Generalized Anxiety Disorder ( Gad )

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Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is a mental disorder marked by extreme anxiety and worry (apprehensive expectation) over a period of at least 6 months. It is accompanied by at least three of these six somatic or psychological symptoms: feeling on edge, fatigue, problems with concentration, feeling irritable, physical tension, and problems with sleep. Allgulander2012 GAD pervasive cogn dysfunction w/focus on threat and risk tow indiv/family Tension worry muscle pain sleep dist irritability Psych Dx in DSM and ISC - Pervasive and uncontrollable worry (apprehensive expectation) Seek tmt for somatic complaints Primary cogn dysfunction paired with secondary somatic anxiety manifestations Reality management – distorted view on risk and threats, part. health security welfare of indiv/fam Distortion imagined future events (distinct from D – past focus) Distortions differ from OCD, less general Worry prospectively about hazard, what if… Allgulander2006 GAD is characterized by continual worry and tension about daily life events that are pervsive and uncontrollable. 6/12 or longer. Notable by the duration, incidence and intensity of apprehension disproportionate to actual probability or impact of the experience. Not attributable to other… Accomp psych symp – restless, poor conc, irritab. Accom phys – fatigue, muscle t, sleep diff Tyrer Baldwin2006 Persistent and common disorder, in which the pt has unfocused worry and anx that is not connected to recent stressful events,
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