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What are the tests for generalized anxiety disorder?

What are the tests for generalized anxiety disorder?

Several: There are many tests; some seem better than others. But no one "test" is determinative. An experienced mental health expert may or may not even utilize a proprietary "test". Such an evaluation includes a thorough history &discussion with the expert, who then can employ 1 or more tests, or not, to provide additional info. In the end, the evaluator should use tests with which he/she has confidence. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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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What are probable causes generalized anxiety disorder?

What are probable causes generalized anxiety disorder?

GAD: Genetics, stress, chronic use of alcohol or sedatives, or triggered by tobacco or caffeine dependency. ...Read more

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Is there a preferred way to handle generalized anxiety disorder?

CBT & Meds: The gold standard treatment for gad is a combination of cognitive behavioral therapy and medication when warranted. Cbt would teach the individual cognitive restructuring, progressive muscle relaxation, and "worry exposure, " which are meant to combat the three components of worry: physical symptoms, cognitive symptoms, and avoidance behaviors. ...Read more

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Generalized anxiety disorder? Is that just being scared to go out?

Generalized anxiety disorder? Is that just being scared to go out?

Not quite: It's more a pattern of frequent, constant worry & anxiety over many different activities & events. A number of physical symptoms may also be present, including muscle tension (shakiness, headaches) & stomach problems, such as nausea or diarrhea. The fear of going out that you're referring to is mentioned usually more in relation to agoraphobia or social anxiety. Google them... Wishing you well. ...Read more

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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?

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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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

Dr. Alan Ali
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Feeling Anxious (Definition)

different subjective and objective symptoms of anxiety. The ones usually first encountered are: rapid heart beats, increased breathing, hypervigilance, and rapid thinking. For a complete list and a thorough understanding of the how's and why's ...Read more


Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Anxiety Disorder (Definition)

Anxiety disorders include excessive fear and anxiety and related behavioral disturbances. Fear is the emotional response to real or perceived imminent threat, whereas anxiety is anticipation of ...Read more