Generalized Anxiety Disorder
Anxiety is common and can be self-generating since the symptoms reinforce the reaction, often causing it to get worse and worse.Causes
Initial manifestations appear before age 40. There is a slightly greater tendency for this condition to occur in women.Symptoms
The disabling anxiety symptoms of apprehension, worry, irritability, hypervigilance (preparation for threat), insomnia, and somatic (bodily) complaints are long-lasting and persist for at least one month.Treatment
Treatment may involve medications (SSRIs, benzodiazepines, buspirone), behavioral approaches (desensitization to the anxiety-producing situation, relaxation techniques), group, family, or couples therapy, and peer support groups.Questions
What treatment do you recommend?
Do you recommend medications?
What are the side-effects?
Do you recommend relaxation techniques? Support groups?