Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)

Risk Factors

  • Women > Men
  • More than half of patients w/GAD have other co-morbid psychiatric diagnoses: e.g. depression, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder

Symptoms

  • 6m duration
  • Easily startled
  • Poor sleep
  • Fatigue
  • Feel anxious much of the time
  • Interferes w/life activities
  • Hyperactivity/vigilance
  • Can't relax, excessive worrying
  • Unexplained somatic complaints

Physical Exam Findings

  • May appear restless, fatigued, irritable
  • No specific findings - exam is used to rule out toxic/metabolic causes

Tests

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