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Everything about General Anxiety Disorder (GAD)

General Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is characterized by excessive and constant worry regarding a number of things.

 
 
 
General Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is characterized by excessive and constant worry regarding a number of things. Anyone suffering from GAD usually anticipates disaster and gets overly concerned about health, money, work, family and other issues.
 
These patients are unable to control their worry. They might worry and expect the worst case scenario even when there is no obvious reason for concern.
 

Effects of GAD

 
The life of a patient suffering from GAD is plagued by a persistent state of worry, dread, and fear. As a result, this worry dominates the patient’s thinking and start interfering with relationships, social activities, work, school activities, and other matters.
 
Typically, the patient is incapacitated during episodes while feeling totally overwhelmed by such feelings.
 
Chronic anxiety disorders commonly occur along with anorexia nervosa, drug abuse, bulimia or various other eating disorders. They can be tightly interwoven with these illnesses.
 

Medication Treatment Options

 
GAD can be treated by using different treatment types including medication and therapies. If your physician recommends medication, it can be part of both a short-term and long-term plan.
 
Short-term plan may help relaxing more physical symptoms of GAD like stomach cramping or muscle tension. Medicines used to treat them include Clonazepam, Alprazolam, Lorazepam etc.
 
Other medications (antidepressants) work better for a long-term medication plan. Commonly used medicines include Buspirone, Citalopram, Fluvoxamine etc.  In conjunction with medication management, it may be recommended to see a psychologist for coping skills management of some behaviors.  One of our skilled psychiatrist can help with diagnosis GAD and in medication management.
 
 
 
 

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