Overview of generalized anxiety disorder: epidemiology, presentation, and course.

@article{Weisberg2009OverviewOG,
  title={Overview of generalized anxiety disorder: epidemiology, presentation, and course.},
  author={Risa B. Weisberg},
  journal={The Journal of clinical psychiatry},
  year={2009},
  volume={70 Suppl 2},
  pages={4-9}
}
Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) was defined relatively recently, and the diagnostic criteria are still being refined. The essential feature of the disorder has changed from persistent anxiety to excessive worry, and the required symptom duration has changed from 1 month to 6 months. Additionally, exclusion criteria involving permissibility of the diagnosis in children and wording regarding the relationship of GAD with mood disorders have changed. Nosologic controversies still surround the… CONTINUE READING