Gayatri Patel, MD, MPH; Tonya L. Fancher, MD, MPH
Patel G., Fancher T.; Generalized Anxiety Disorder. Ann Intern Med. 2013;159:ITC6-1. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-159-11-201312030-01006
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2013;159(11):ITC6-1.
Anxiety can be an appropriate response to stressful situations but is considered a pathologic disorder when it is disabling and difficult to control. Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is the most common anxiety disorder seen in primary care, affecting approximately 3% of adults in the United States (1, 2). This disorder is characterized by at least 6 months of pervasive and excessive anxiety; recurring worry about common events; and physical symptoms, such as muscle tension, insomnia, and fatigue (3). The disorder is associated with reduced global life satisfaction, decreased work productivity, lower health-related quality of life (4), and greater health care use and medical costs (4, 5). Primary care physicians can effectively evaluate, diagnosis, and manage most patients with GAD.
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