Diagnosis of GENERALIZED ANXIETY DISORDER
- May present initially with tension-related physical symptoms (headache,
pounding heart), but inquiry will reveal prominent anxiety and excessive worry.
The key feature is months of uncontrollable worry over everyday things
- Multiple symptoms of worry, anxiety or tension:
Mental tension (worry, feeling tense or nervous, poor concentration
- Physical tension (restlessness, headaches, tremors, can't relax)
- Physical arousal (dizziness, sweating, fast or pounding heart, dry mouth,
- May last for months and often recurs.
- Often triggered by stressful events in those with a chronic tendency to
- If low or sad mood is also present, see section on Depression
- If sudden attacks of unprovoked anxiety are present, see section on Panic
- If fear and avoidance of specific situations are present, see section on
- If heavy alcohol or drug use is present, see sections on Alcohol
Use disorders, or Drug Use Disorder.
- Certain physical conditions (thyrotoxicosis) or medications (methyl xanthines,
beta agonists) may cause anxiety symptoms but few cause excessive worry.
Edited by Gavin Andrews MD, UNSW, Jan 03
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