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What is generalized anxiety disorder?

What is generalized anxiety disorder?

GAD: Or generalized anxiety disorder is a persistent pattern of anxiety/worry about a number of things for at least 6 months. It involves feeling restless or keyed up, easy fatiguability, trouble concentrating, irritability, muscle tension and/or sleep distturbance. These anxieties cause significant distress or impairment in functioning. ...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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What is a panic disorder?

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What is a panic disorder?

Panic disorder: Is a form of anxiety disorders which presents with sudden onset of intense fear that triggers physical symptoms for no apparent reason. You feel like losing control, having heart attack or dying. Most attacks go away if stress is removed. ...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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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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Are irrational fears a symptom of bipolar disorder or is that just an anxiety disorder?

Are irrational fears a symptom of bipolar disorder or is that just an anxiety disorder?

Bipolar disorder: can express itself in irrational thinking and fears. Phobic disorder has one or more irrational fears as part of it but the person usually understands at some level that the fear is irrational. Please see a mental health professional for more complete clarification and support. Peace and good health. ...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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Is generalized anxiety disorder a medical disability?

Is generalized anxiety disorder a medical disability?

No: Almost all people with generalized anxiety disorder can be treated and are able to work and live quality, productive lives. ...Read more

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Bipolar, is that a type of anxiety disorder?

Bipolar, is that  a type of anxiety disorder?

No - Different: These are two different types of problems, although they can occur together. Bipolar disorder has to do with severe and often unpredictable mood swings. Anxiety disorders have to do with a variety of problems that involve excessive worry, fearfulness, or panic. ...Read more

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What are the criteria for a generalized anxiety disorder?

What are the criteria for  a generalized anxiety disorder?

Too long for space : The complete diagnostic and statistical manual criteria for generalized anxiety disorder are too long to write in 400 characters -- but involve chronic worrying, nervousness, and tension. This link lists signs ; symptoms in more detail, and provides more information too: http://www.Helpguide.Org/mental/generalized_anxiety_disorder.Htm. ...Read more

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Is anxiety and panic disorder a symptom of cancer?

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Is anxiety and panic disorder a symptom of cancer?

Anxiety and Cancer: Panic disorder is a diagnosis all on its own. Its not linked to cancer but a lot of cancer patients will experience a high level of anxiety at the time of their diagnosis and interestingly at the completion of their treatment. ...Read more

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What is a major depressive disorder?

What is a major depressive disorder?

Major Depression: is a mood disorder lasting a minimum of two weeks. Depressive sx's may include low mood, irritability, anger, ^ or v sleep, change in appetite, feelings of helplessness or hopelessness, v energy, v self-esteem, feelings of guilt. V motivation, absence of joy,v concentration, v memory & suicidal thoughts. ...Read more

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What is a dysthymic disorder?

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What is a dysthymic disorder?

Dysthymic disorder: Dysthymic disorder is the formal term for depressive neurosis. Individuals with dysthymic disorder suffer from a prolonged mild depression that may be either constant or episodic. ...Read more

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What is a dysthymic disorder?

What is a dysthymic disorder?

Dysthymic disorder: is the formal term for depressive neurosis. Individuals with dysthymic disorder suffer from a prolonged mild depression that may be either constant or episodic. ...Read more

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What is anxious vs anxiety disorder?

What is anxious vs anxiety disorder?

Normal vs. illness: "anxious" or anxiety is a normal, necessary human emotion. Anxiety disorders are abnormal conditions in which additional problems develop as a result of persistent, unnecessary anxiety. Doctors don't treat anxiety, per se. They treat anxiety disorders. ...Read more

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What is a body somatiztion disorder?

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What is a body somatiztion disorder?

Somatization DO: Old term is hysteris. Is a recurring multiple complaints about pain, gastrointestinal, sexual pseudoneurological symptoms. It results in multiple visits to different doctors to seek relief. It is often comorbid with mood disorders, anxiety & personality disorders. ...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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Is having a severe phobia a mental disorder?

Is having a severe phobia a mental disorder?

Can be.: A problem only becomes a disorder if it affects your ability to lead a normal life. If you find yourself unable to interact w/ people or accomplish the things you need to do the you have a disorder that warrants treatment with psychiatric medications, such as SSRIs. ...Read more

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Is anxiety a symptom of depression?

Is anxiety a symptom of depression?

Anxiety: Anxiety and depression can certainly be seen in the same individual. The part of the brain responsible for causing depression can also lead to anxiety. The same neurotransmitters are involved in both systems so we often times see both of these conditions in the same person. ...Read more

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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 Disorder (Definition)

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


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Generalized Anxiety Disorder (Definition)

A condition characterized by severe, ongoing anxiety that ...Read more