Generalised Anxiety Disorder

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Generalised Anxiety Disorder

 

It is the most common form of anxiety disorder : Normal anxiety is clearly related to particular situations (such as starting a new job) but people with Generalised Anxiety Disorder worry excessively often about matters for which they have no realistic reasons to worry, so much so that worrying becomes primary attitude or response in daily life. Technically presence of any 3 or more of the following for 6 months at least would indicate Generalised Anxiety Disorder :

 

  • Restlessness
  • Irritability
  • Difficulty in concentration
  • Easy fatigability (gets easily tired)
  • Disturbed sleep
  • Muscle tension

 

Management includes cognitive therapy which focuses on altering thinking & behavior patterns to reduce worry as well as anti anxiety medications.