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General Anxiety Disorder

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  1. General Anxiety Disorder By: Heath Milan

  2. General Anxiety Disorder • An anxiety disorder that is characterized by excessive, uncontrollable often worries about everyday things that often aren't real worries

  3. History • 1980’s American psychiatric association changed its classification by separating anxiety neurosis in GAD • Sigmund Frued observed “free floating anxiety” in early 1900’s

  4. symptoms • Constant worries running though your head • Inability to relax, enjoy quit time, or be by yourself • Having trouble falling asleep because your mind wont relax • feeling edgy • Symptoms must last at least 6 months to be diagnosed

  5. Treatments • Medians- antidepressants • Psychotherapy- talking to a consoler about stress • Benzodiazepines are prescribed for generalized anxiety disorder and show beneficial effects in the short term • Tranquilizers can also be used to alleviate some of the physiological symptoms of anxiety although it can make you feel sleepy and lacking in energy

  6. Occurrence • Approximately 6.8 million American adults experience GAD • United States approximly3.1 percent of people age 18 and over in a given year • About 5% of people will develop GAD over the course of their lifetime. • This illness usually begins when individuals are in their early 20s. Panic and generalized anxiety occur in about 0.7% of children in any one-year period, up to 20% over the course of childhood.

  7. Sources • http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/generalized-anxiety-disorder/DS00502/DSECTION=treatments-and-drugs • http://www.helpguide.org/mental/generalized_anxiety_disorder.htm • http://www.medicinenet.com/anxiety/page2.htm