Symptoms And Symptoms Of Generalized Anxiety Disorder Essay

1498 WordsDec 13, 20166 Pages
The basis and length of Ms. Hendricks symptoms of worry, and feeling overwhelmed is closely related to Generalized Anxiety Disorder. Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is a highly prevalent disorder characterized by excessive worry or anxiety about everyday events, whether they are internal or external or originating in the past, present, and/or future (American Psychiatric Association, 2000). The symptoms of Generalized Anxiety Disorder result from increase, typical, inflexible interactions of cognitive, imaginal, and physiological responses that constantly perceived to be a threat (Barlow, 1988; Borkovec & Inz, 1990). The lifetime prevalence rate of Generalized Anxiety Disorder in the United States is estimated to be approximately 4–7% with current prevalence rates ranging from 1.5–3% (Blazer et al. 1991). These rates could be as high as 5–8%, if the International Classification of Diseases and Health Related Problems (ICD-10) are used as the basis for diagnosis (Ustun and Sartorius ,1995). During the intake interview with my client, Ms. Hendricks stated that as a child she suffered with social anxiety. She also shared with me that during her transition to college was when she first started to feel extremely anxious and overwhelmed. According to research on Generalized Anxiety Disorder, “Generalized Anxiety Disorder often occurs early in life with twice the number of women suffering from it compared to men. Evidence shows the impact of Generalized Anxiety Disorder
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