Generalized Anxiety

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WHAT TO EXPECT

COGNITIVE-BEHAVIORAL TREATMENT (CBT)

Individuals will be engaged in an intensive outpatient program using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), which includes exposure and response prevention (ERP). Our clinic also offers weekly outpatient therapy for individuals with Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD). CBT and ERP are recommended for the treatment of GAD.

DEMOGRAPHICS

  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is estimated to affect 0.4 – 3.6% of the general population. Females are twice as likely as males to experience generalized anxiety disorder.
  • The DSM 5 indicates that the median age for individuals with GAD is 30 years, and it rarely occurs prior to adolescence.
  • A third of the risk for GAD is genetic.

WHAT IS GENERALIZED ANXIETY DISORDER (GAD)?

The key features of Generalized Anxiety Disorder are persistent and excessive anxiety and worry about various domains, including work and school performance that the individual finds difficult to control. In addition, the individual experiences physical symptoms including restlessness of feeling keyed up or on edge, feeling fatigued, difficulty concentrating or mind going blank, irritability, muscle tension, and sleep disturbance.

DIAGNOSTIC CRITERIA

DSM-5 DIAGNOSTIC CRITERIA FOR 300.02 GENERALIZED ANXIETY DISORDER

  • Excessive anxiety and worry (apprehensive expectation), occurring more days than not for at least 6 months, about a number of events or activities (such as work or school performance).
  • The individual finds it difficult to control the worry
  • The anxiety and worry are associated with these symptoms – restlessness or feeling keyed up or on edge, being easily fatigued, difficulty concentrating or mind going blank, irritability, muscle tension, or sleep disturbance.
  • The anxiety, worry, or physical symptoms cause clinically significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning.
  • The disturbance is not attributable to the physiological effects of a substance (e.g., a drug of abuse, a medication) or another medical condition.
  • The disturbance is not better explained by another mental disorder.

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