Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)

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Abstract Most people experience anxiety at least once in their lifetime. Some may experience a “normal” form of general anxiety, which is dealing with common stresses such as finances. Other will experience a more intense form of general anxiety disorder, which is a prolonged type of disorder. This disorder is diagnosed when the clients have experienced it for at least six months and when they show at least three symptoms. Some forms of anxiety can be positive, while other forms can cause intense distress. If the anxiety interferes with a person’s inability to function, it requires treatment. Treatments will include pharmacotherapy, CBT model, and CT model.

Introduction Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) “is characterized
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Although this disorder is difficult to control, with the help of researchers, psychologists, and treatments, there is a way to control it. Most Americans do not know they are living with this because they confuse it with general anxiety, which is the “normal” type of anxiety. This type of anxiety can affect someone’s daily activities and prevent them from progressing. There have been many cases where this disorder has prevented someone from getting a job, going to school, or even obtaining their driver’s license. A GAD diagnosis requires for three out of the six symptoms reflecting psychological or physiological arousal that accompany worry. These symptoms include feeling keyed up, restless, or on edge, difficulty concentrating, disrupted sleep, or muscle tension, irritability, and fatigue. According to Michelle Newman, writer of GAD, “worry is a common feature of mood disorders, so GAD cannot be diagnosed if the worry occurs exclusively in the context of a mood disorder.” According to the Handbook of Prescriptive Treatments for Adults, this disorder “was separated from a panic disorder in DSM-III, but remained a residual category until DSM-III-R, wherein worry became its defining feature.” Generalized anxiety disorder is not easy to identify and it is not triggered by panic attacks. The anxiety is caused by unrealistic …show more content…
was suffering with the problem of chronic worrying. M. felt that her worry was excessive and uncontrollable. She reported that her frequent worry and crying spells interrupted her life. She worried about how others viewed her, so it was difficult for her to “be herself” around others. M. constantly avoided any type of situation that would trigger her anxiety. M. was also worried about her relationship with her husband. They lived separately in order to complete their education and she found herself worrying a lot. When they would converse on the phone, she would avoid asking him how his day went because she felt it would trigger her

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