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Generalised anxiety disorder

Generalised anxiety disorder
Generalised anxiety disorder
Generalised anxiety disorder is a persistent and common disorder, in which the patient has unfocused worry and anxiety that is not connected to recent stressful events, although it can be aggravated by certain situations. This disorder is twice as common in women than it is in men. Generalised anxiety disorder is characterised by feelings of threat, restlessness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and tension, and symptoms such as palpitations, dry mouth, and sweating. These symptoms are recognised as part of the anxiety syndrome rather than independent complaints. The symptoms overlap greatly with those of other common mental disorders and we could regard the disorder as part of a spectrum of mood and related disorders rather than an independent disorder. Generalised anxiety disorder has a relapsing course, and intervention rarely results in complete resolution of symptoms, but in the short term and medium term, effective treatments include psychological therapies, such as cognitive behavioural therapy; self-help approaches based on cognitive behavioural, therapy principles; and pharmacological treatments, mainly selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors.
serotonin reuptake inhibitors, disorders, quality-of-life, men, cognitive-behavioral therapy, self-help treatments, pharmacological-treatments, long-term treatment, major depressive disorder, national comorbidity survey, randomized controlled-trial, primary-care, neurotic disorder
0140-6736
2156-2166
Tyrer, P.
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Baldwin, D.
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Tyrer, P.
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Baldwin, D.
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Tyrer, P. and Baldwin, D. (2006) Generalised anxiety disorder. The Lancet, 368 (9553), 2156-2166. (doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(06)69865-6).

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Abstract

Generalised anxiety disorder is a persistent and common disorder, in which the patient has unfocused worry and anxiety that is not connected to recent stressful events, although it can be aggravated by certain situations. This disorder is twice as common in women than it is in men. Generalised anxiety disorder is characterised by feelings of threat, restlessness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and tension, and symptoms such as palpitations, dry mouth, and sweating. These symptoms are recognised as part of the anxiety syndrome rather than independent complaints. The symptoms overlap greatly with those of other common mental disorders and we could regard the disorder as part of a spectrum of mood and related disorders rather than an independent disorder. Generalised anxiety disorder has a relapsing course, and intervention rarely results in complete resolution of symptoms, but in the short term and medium term, effective treatments include psychological therapies, such as cognitive behavioural therapy; self-help approaches based on cognitive behavioural, therapy principles; and pharmacological treatments, mainly selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors.

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Published date: 2006
Keywords: serotonin reuptake inhibitors, disorders, quality-of-life, men, cognitive-behavioral therapy, self-help treatments, pharmacological-treatments, long-term treatment, major depressive disorder, national comorbidity survey, randomized controlled-trial, primary-care, neurotic disorder
Organisations: Clinical Neurosciences, Medicine

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Local EPrints ID: 62634
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/62634
ISSN: 0140-6736
PURE UUID: cd03bda6-7bbd-4700-aed3-df268a1b0faf

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Date deposited: 05 Sep 2008
Last modified: 05 Oct 2018 12:03

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