Generalized anxiety disorder question. How much anxiety before you are officially diagnosed?

See below. Check out this link for the official criteria for gad: http://behavenet.Com/generalized-anxiety-disorder.
Impairment. Gad is diagnosed when a person meets a sufficient number of diagnostic criteria listed in a psychiatric manual. However, as you have anticipated the anxiety must be sufficient that it causes distress and/or impairment.

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

Both possibilites. Generalized anxiety disorder can occur once as well reoccur. The treatment of your anxiety disorder is key to reoccurance. Medication alone may give relief. Without treatment of the behavior patterns that trigger the anxiety, you will continue these patterns. Your anxiety will emerge despite the medication. Psychotherapy(with or without medication) is your best way to avoid a chronic problem. Read more...
Depends... If the underlying issues, anxieties & belief system that support the gad are explored and modified or healed, the chance of it being lifelong or re-occurring is greatly reduced & in many cases, eliminated... The treatment plan has to include a working through of the issues... (usually psychotherapy). Read more...
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...

Questions regarding generalized anxiety disorder and cognitive behavioral therapy. How helpful is it?

Can Be Helpful. Cognitive behavioral therapy has been shown to be helpful for a variety of anxiety disorders. You may also find that you get even better benefit using a combination of medication and therapy, at least until the anxiety is under better control. Read more...
Very helpful. It is important to find a psychologist that provides a structured cognitive behavioral therapy program because some providers just end up chit chatting with you instead of providing the same structured cbt program that the reseach has found to be very helpful. Read more...

Any blood tests or regular tests to diagnose generalized anxiety disorder or depression? I had my serotonin levels checked, and they were at 132.

Lab tests for anxiet. Most doctor's diagnose anxiety and or depression per history as well as filling out a questionnaire. Yes serotonin may be involved but this is most likely an expensive unneeded lab test that is rarely used. Read more...
No. There are no current blood tests that have been validated for anxiety and depression. Blood levels of neurotransmitters like serotonin are of no help, because they don't tell you how much and where serotonin is acting in the brain. The good news is that the diagnosis and a plan of treatment can be easily made by a psychiatrist or other experienced clinician by a good history and interview. Read more...
Unfortunately, Even checking serum serotonin levels doesn't always tell us what is going on in the brain because of something called the blood brain barrier. This is a barrier that lets some things in or out but not other things. And serotonin is only one of the neurotransmitters implicated in depression. So no, there is no reliable tests for diagnosing mental illnesses yet. Read more...