<p><strong>What Is Generalized Anxiety Disorder?</strong></p>
<p>Anxiety can be a natural, beneficial reaction to stress or danger. Under normal circumstances, anxiety diminishes when the stressful situation ends. But for some people, anxiety persists and serves no constructive purpose. In generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), a person experiences excessive, prolonged worry over everyday concerns, such as job responsibilities, health or family well-being, or even minor matters, such as household chores or personal appearance.</p>
<p>Along with worry itself, GAD may produce such physical symptoms as heart palpitations, sweating, headaches, and nausea. In addition, perpetual anxiety may impair concentration, memory, decision-making ability, and social functioning, such as maintaining intimate relationships or working. GAD is the most common anxiety disorder, affecting 3% of the population. Most people with GAD first have symptoms during young ad...
When your child has an anxiety disorder, chances are there are times when it interferes with school. A few examples of how anxiety disorders can make school more difficult :
When children have social anxiety disorder (SAD), they might feel uncomfortable answering questions in class, going up to the board or making friends
When a child has obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), he might need to complete rituals, even if those rituals interrupt the school day. He might feel anxious if unable to complete certain rituals.
Children with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) worry endlessly. They might worry about an upcoming test, forgetting their homework, whether they are going to be called on. They might be inattentive in class (because they are worrying rather than listening) and have a hard time focusing on schoolwork.
If your child has anxiety, he might try to hide it from others. He might be embarrassed or worry about how others will react. Teachers mi...
Medications Selective serotonin-reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), or the serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SNRI) venlafaxine (Effexor, generic), are the primary first-line treatment for anxiety disorders. For patients who are not helped by these drugs or who need help rapidly, benzodiazepines may be prescribed, either alone or in combination with an antidepressant. Other types of antidepressants, including tricyclic antidepressants, may also be used to treat patients with severe or chronic forms of anxiety disorders. Drug therapies for anxiety disorders work best in combination with cognitive behavioral therapy or some other form of psychotherapy. Antidepressants Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs). SSRIs include fluoxetine (Prozac, generic), sertraline (Zoloft, generic), paroxetine (Paxil, generic), fluvoxamine (Luvox, generic), citalopram (Celexa, generic), and escitalopram (Lexapro). SSRIs can cause agitation, nausea, and diarrhea. Sexual dysfunction, including lowered...
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