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Generalized Anxiety and Panic Disorder

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Carly Rysdon

on 5 November 2015

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Transcript of Generalized Anxiety and Panic Disorder

Generalized Anxiety and Panic Disorder
Panic Disorder
Characterized by abrupt experiences of unexpected and intense fear
Prevalence and Prognosis
Affects 2.7% of Americans 18 and older and twice as many women as men
Generalized Anxiety Disorder
An anxiety disorder characterized by chronic, constant worry in everyday situations
Prevalence and Prognosis
People with GAD generally can't relax, startle easily and have difficulty concentrating
Can be treated with psychotherapy and common anti-anxiety/depression medications
Often have trouble falling asleep
GAD develops slowly, often starting during teen years
Diagnosed when a person worries excessively about everyday problems for at least 6 months
Affects 2.7% of Americans 18 and older
While symptoms may subside GAD cannot be cured completely
Along with heart palpitations and shortness of breath or dizziness
Fear of another panic attack could lead to agoraphobia
Agoraphobia- a fear of being in places which escape might be difficult or where help may not be avalible if one were to have a panic attack
Agorahobia as a by product of panic disorder is then considered a phobic disorder
Develops in late adolescence or early adulthood
Typically European Americans are at higher risk than other ethnicities
European Americans and Native americans tend to have a higher prevalence rate
Can be treated with cognitive behavior therapy and ani-anxiety/depression medications
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