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What is the difference between Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Anxiety NOS?

What is the difference between Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Anxiety NOS?

NOS means: not otherwise specified. NOS is used at the end of a diagnosis when it is very general. GAD is more specific and refers to a type of anxiety that manifests in many circumstances and is not triggered by a specific situation nor is it panic attacks. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Anxiety (Definition)

Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious ...Read more


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I have mix SAD, GAD and PMS depression. My psy. Diagnosed me with Anxiety Disorder NOS. Is the diagnosis appropriate? And why?

I have mix SAD, GAD and  PMS depression.  My psy. Diagnosed me with Anxiety Disorder NOS. Is the diagnosis appropriate? And why?

Discuss w/ psy: The term may not really matter and from what you say SAD+GAD+PMS combined w/ whatever else, it sounds like a reasonable choice. The NOS must be what you're wondering about. It merely means that it is not an 'exact' fit w/ the 'specified' categories availabe in the big book. Like your meal may not be on the menu - but is a combo of a la carte items. Why do you care? Is Tx helping? Talk about it. ...Read more

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What is a good medication for severe social anxiety disorder and generalized anxiety disorder(gad)?

What is a good medication for severe social anxiety disorder and generalized anxiety disorder(gad)?

Monitoring is key: Probably the best are the ones that are prescribed and monitored by a physician. These medications that are the best in some cases can be the worst if they are taken incorrectly. There are pro's and con's to all of them. If you are considering anxiety medication your doctor will take into account your personal history and needs and try to find the one that is best for you. ...Read more

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Could you have generalized anxiety disorder (gad)?

Could you have generalized anxiety disorder (gad)?

Maybe: People with gad may be experience constant, out of control worrying. This can be expressed by the body in the form of fatigue, lightheadedness, insomnia, frequent urination, abdominal pain, lump in throat, shortness of breath, headaches and muscle tension (especially upper back ; neck). There can ^'ed irritability ; v'ed concentration. ...Read more

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What exactly is generalized anxiety disorder (gad)?

What exactly is generalized anxiety disorder (gad)?

Generalized Anxiety: 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 person finds it difficult to control the worry.The anxiety and worry are associated with three (or more) of the following 1.Restlessness easily fatigued difficulty concentrating, irritability, muscle tension. ...Read more

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What to do if i got generalized anxiety disorder (gad)?

What to do if i got generalized anxiety disorder (gad)?

Get help: Seek help from a psychologist and/ or a psychiatrist . A combination of psychotherapy and medication can help you overcome your anxiety. ...Read more

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Anxiety disorder, which medication can help me with GAD?

Anxiety disorder, which medication can help me with GAD?

Gen Anxiety Disorder: Please see a clinical psychologist to learn how to manage what you call GAD. It may be another form of anxiety. Let him/her diagnose. Meds may have a place but treat the root, not only the symptoms. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Is there a way I can test myself to see if I have (GAD) Generalized Anxiety Disorder?

Based on history: GAD can usually be diagnosed on the basis of a thorough psychiatric interview, after ruling out any medical causes such as thyroid problems. Excessive worry that causes distress or impairment is the primary symptom. Other qualifying symptoms include muscle tension, feeling on edge, sleeping problems and concentration problems. SSRI medications and CBT are effective treatments. ...Read more

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Is generalized anxiety disorder a mental disease?

Is generalized anxiety disorder a mental disease?

Yes.: Generalized anxiety disorder refers to a persistent pattern of worrying about a variety of real or imagined possible bad events that can occur to the point that it interferes with day-to-day functioning. It is quite common, often runs in families, and can be surprisingly debilitating. It also it quite responsive to various treatments, both talk therapies and medications. ...Read more

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Is generalized anxiety disorder a real mental illness?

Is generalized anxiety disorder a real mental illness?

Absolutely: It is often easy to dismiss anxiety as a trivial problem--unless you've experienced yourself. Quite famous people have been incapacitated by anxiety ranging from specific phobias to generalized fears. Howard hughes probably is the most well known example. ...Read more

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Can people get over high generalized anxiety disorder?

Can people get over high generalized anxiety disorder?

Sure: With treatment and medication real results are possible. Trying different techniques is helpful, but sticking to an anxiety management plan will be successful over the long term ...Read more

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Generalized anxiety disorder makes me worry. How to treat?

Generalized anxiety disorder makes me worry. How to treat?

Don't worry!: It won't help! ther are effective treatments. Medications, such as antidepressants, that raise serotonin levels in the brain are effective, along with long acting benzodiazepines such as Clonazepam (short term use--potentially addicting). Even psychotherapy without meds can help. Make an appointment with a therapist and if necessary, they can refer you to a psychiatrist. ...Read more

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Are there natural ways to combat generalized anxiety disorder?

Exercise: Exercise is a great way to relieve stress. Your body releases endorphins during exercise, which can help you feel calm. If you exercise 30 - 60 minutes a day, your stress levels can improve. When stressed, take 5 slow, deep breaths with your eyes closed, then roll your shoulders forward 5 times, then back 5 times. This will slow your heart rate and release tension in your neck and shoulders. ...Read more

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What are the best natural ways to combat generalized anxiety disorder?

What are the best natural ways to combat generalized anxiety disorder?

Psychotherapy!: I think of psychotherapy as a natural way... To explore & resolve underlying issues... Find a good psychotherapist, engage in the process wholeheartedly & openly... You might also want to check out this self help tool, tapping/eft (www.Eftuniverse.Com) wishing you well... ...Read more

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Whats the difference between generalized anxiety disorder and neurosis?

Whats the difference between generalized anxiety disorder and neurosis?

Different concepts: Generalized anxiety disorder (gad) is a symptom-defined category in the diagnostic and statistical manual that all mental health professionals use. It describes people who are very anxious, worry a lot, are tense, irritable, easily fatigued, have trouble concentrating, etc. "neurosis" is a psychodynamic concept -- disorder marked by inner conflict, anxiety, & unconscious defenses against this. ...Read more

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Can dehydration cause anxiety (from generalized anxiety disorder) to get worse?

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Can dehydration cause anxiety (from generalized anxiety disorder) to get worse?

Sure: It just gives you another thing to worry about. Being weak and dizzy causes lots of people to worry. Drink lots of fluids. ...Read more

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Are the neurons connected incorrectly in people with generalized anxiety disorder?

Are the neurons connected incorrectly in people with generalized anxiety disorder?

Not so clear.: At this point in time, we have a biochemical model of generalized anxiety disorder (gad), but no structural model. So we are looking at how neurons talk to each other rather than where they are connected. ...Read more

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Generalized anxiety disorder question? Is it a one time thing or does it come back?

Generalized anxiety disorder question? Is it a one time thing or does it come back?

Tends To Be Chronic: Generalized anxiety disorder can be treated with good resolution of symptoms. However, the course of this disorder is chronic by definition, so treatment usually requires a long period of time, and the goal of treatment tends to be management rather than disappearance of symptoms. ...Read more

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Is biofeedback a safe alternative to my medicines for generalized anxiety disorder?

Is biofeedback a safe alternative to my medicines for generalized anxiety disorder?

Yes: Biofeedback is a great modality and is very safe. It can help with anxiety disorder and should be used. What some people don't realize is that anxiety can also be due to an immune imbalance due to diet/microbes in the gut. If you have constipation, diarrhea, or any GI symptoms, you must first address your intestines, otherwise the biofeedback will not work well. ...Read more

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Anxiety Disorder (Definition)

A mental health disorder characterized by feelings of worry, anxiety, or fear that are strong enough to interfere ...Read more


Nos (Definition)

Not otherwise specified, as in diagnoses where there's symptoms of more than one disorder, for ...Read more