Essay on Questions On Generalized Anxiety Disorder

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1. Constricted [Generalized Anxiety Disorder] (2015)
Pencil, charcoal, and ink on cardstock

Generalized anxiety disorder occurs when a person worries excessively over a large variety of different topics such as health, safety, relationships, and finance. The disorder has to be evident for 6 months and show evidence of triggers, which would require a record of anxiety (diary, therapist, etc.). Sometimes, the person may have anxiety from mood disorders like post-traumatic stress disorder, but it is not classified as generalized anxiety disorder when it is from any other disorders. Mood disorders can be very similar to GAD, but GAD can be mistaken for a phobia. Phobias cause worry for a specific item or topic, which is similar to GAD, however, GAD is not the same since it is not only one fear, it is multiple. Hence the word generalized, GAD is what patients are diagnosed with when it seems that everything worries them, not just one topic.
The art piece created represents general anxiety disorder in a more interpretive way. The overall look of the piece is meant to be frightening or create worry in whomever is viewing it. In the center of the piece, a woman’s severed head is located as the main focus point. Her head has been ripped from her body to represent the feeling of constant pain and worry. Not only is her head teared off, but her neck is also being choked by the long optic nerve attached to the giant eye looming over the girl. The feeling of being choked-up is…

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