Deborah A. Johnson June 20, 2013 PSY110 Tues-Thurs PsychoPathology Paper
Generalized anxiety disorder also known as (GAD) is a mood disorder that is the body's natural response to danger, an automatic alarm that goes off when someone feels threatened, under pressure, or facing a stressful situation. (GAD) is a common disorder affecting millions of people and often under diagnosed. This disorder may interfere with the person's life in some ways. Various lifestyle choices and family interventions can help prevent anxiety.
A professional licensed mental health therapists, family physicians, or other primary care professionals, specialists whom one will see for a medical condition, emergency physicians, psychiatrists, psychologists, psychiatric nurses, and social workers are more likely to diagnose the symptoms through the behaviors related to GAD. If one of these professionals suspects that a person has GAD, they will conduct an extensive medical interview and physical examination. An examination is conducted through a series of questions from a standardized questionnaire or self-test to help assess the risk of anxiety. Anxiety may be associated with a number of other medical conditions or can be a side effect of various medications. Routine laboratory tests are often performed during the initial evaluation to rule out other causes of symptoms. On occasion, an X-ray, scan, or other imaging study may be needed.
GAD, has been distinguished from other anxiety disorders since 1980. Characterized as excessive worry for at least six months, GAD has been diagnosed in more and more people...
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