Symptoms And Symptoms Of Generalized Anxiety Disorder

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Introduction
Generalized Anxiety Disorder is an excess and uncontrollable type of anxiety that causes worry with future events or activities. It is a very common and persistent disorder, more in women than in men. Some of the symptoms of this disorder are, restlessness, disturbance in sleeping, tight or tension feelings, increase of heart rate, sweating and many more (Mohlman, 2006). Adults over the age of 60 have the most common rate of having GAD, according to Mohlman “estimated prevalence rates among older adults range from 0.7 to 7.3%” (p. 1439). GAD also has an extensive effect of a twelve-month prevalence of 3.1% and a lifetime of 5.1% (Erickson, 2005).
In the DSM – V it describes the criteria used to be able to diagnose Generalized Anxiety Disorder. It describes the disorder as “excessive anxiety and worry” and should be diagnosed if occurs more days than usual in a six month span. There are specifically six symptoms that should present for more days than usual to diagnose and those are, restlessness, easily fatigued, difficulty concentrating, irritability, muscle tension, and sleep disturbance (p. 300.2). Only three or more of these symptoms should appear for a person to be diagnosed with GAD. Other criteria say that if the worry and anxiety symptoms cause distress in any aspect of life such as not being able to function during the patient’s daily activities. Also these symptoms should not come from taking any other medications or drugs that the patient may be…
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