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Generalized Anxiety Disorder

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Sara Benner

on 13 March 2013

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By Sara Benner Generalized Anxiety Disorder Causes Symptoms Constant worrying
Restlessness and feeling keyed up or on edge
Difficulty concentrating or your mind "going blank"
Trembling, feeling twitchy or being easily startled
Trouble sleeping
Sweating, nausea or diarrhea What causes this disease is not fully understood.
Genetics is thought to be part of the cause
It could involve naturally occurring brain chemicals (neurotransmitters), such as serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine.
Stress from a serious medical illness
Side effects of medication
Symptoms of a medical illness
Anxiety can be learned – you can pick up anxiety by watching family members act anxious in stressful situations. Statistics http://www.adaa.org/about-adaa/press-room/facts-statistics
http://www.anxietycentre.com/anxiety-famous-people.shtml Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older (18% of U.S. population).
One third of the people suffering from the disease do receive treatment.
Anxiety disorders cost the U.S. more than $42 billion a year, almost one-third of the country's $148 billion total mental health bill.
Affects larger number of women than men Antidepressants- influence the neurotransmitters that doctors think have to do with anxiety disorders
Buspirone- may be used on an ongoing basis and usually takes several weeks to become fully effective.
Benzodiazepines- not used often, this is a sedative doctors use to help
Psychotherapy is also commonly used Treatment Types of Anxiety Disorders panic disorder
obsessive compulsive disorder
post-traumatic stress disorder
social anxiety disorder
specific phobias
generalized anxiety disorder Work Cited http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HaGGcm3U6QMC Differences Abraham Lincoln (president - USA)
Alanis Morisette (singer)
Anne Tyler (author)
Aretha Franklin (singer)
Barbara Bush (former First Lady - U.S.)
Barbara Gordon (filmmaker)
Barbra Streisand (singer)
Bonnie Raitt (musician)
Cher (singer, actress)
Dick Clark (television personality)
Goldie Hawn
John Cougar Mellencamp (musician, actor)
John Madden (announcer)
John Steinbeck (author)
Johnny Depp (actor)
Michael Jackson (singer)
Nicholas Cage (actor)
Oprah Winfrey (host)
Pete Harnisch (baseball)
Ray Charles (musician)
Sheryl Crow (musician)
Sir Isaac Newton (scientist) The following must be met for a diagnosis of generalized anxiety disorder:
Excessive anxiety and worry about several events or activities most days of the week, for at least six months
Difficulty controlling your feelings of worry
Anxiety or worry that causes you significant distress or interferes with your daily life
Anxiety that isn't related to another mental health condition, such as panic attacks, substance abuse or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
At least three of the following symptoms in adults and one of the following in children: restlessness, fatigue, trouble concentrating, irritability, muscle tension or sleep problems Steps to Avoid GAD Everyone has a form of anxiety but using these few steps could help the stress stay manageable.
Get help early if you are feeling a higher level of stress
Keep a journal so your feelings don't get to built up
Avoiding substance use helps because alcohol and drugs will make the anxiety worse
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