Symptoms Of Generalized Anxiety Disorder

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Generalized Anxiety Disorder Degie Gelaw American Sentinel University Generalized Anxiety Disorder The sympathetic nervous system stimulates the body’s “fight-or-flight” response by releasing epinephrine and nor-epinephrine when a perceived threat or situation arises resulting in feeling anxious. When a body’s physiological response which is a normal phenomenon becomes exaggerated and is associated with a particular fear or situation, a person feels extremely threatened resulting in an anxiety disorder (McGrandles & McCaig, 2010). Further, anxiety becomes troublesome when a person’s day to day personal, social, and occupational function is altered (Edmunds & Mayhew, 2014). Anxiety disorder affects around 26 million people between the ages of 15 and 54 years in the United States alone and costs the health care system billions of dollars every year (McGrandles & McCaig, 2010). The purpose of this paper is to discuss the diagnosis of GAD, the pharmacotherapeutic treatment and goals, parameters for monitoring drug therapy success, adverse reactions of medication(s), patient education, health promotion, and a patient ‘s long term prognosis. Diagnosis of Anxiety Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is described as disproportionate worry or anxiety associated with life circumstances that are difficult to handle (Edmunds & Mayhew, 2014). GAD, often a chronic condition in nature, can impair a patient’s ability to function. Therefore, it is essential to
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