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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 Medication Generalized Anxiety/Panic Disorder Micaela NoyesMarch 18, 2015 Medical Definition of Generalized Anxiety/Panic Disorder Percentages and Whose Affected Symptoms of GAD - Excessive ongoing worry and tension- Fatigue- Headaches- Restlessness- Sweating-Difficulty concentrating-Insomnia Medication for alleviating symptoms of GAD are oftenprescribed along with other therapies. Some anxietymedication is highly addictive and is normally given for a short time or as-needed basis. Antidepressants particularly the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), are also used to treat and prevent a variety of anxiety disorders. GAD is characterized by 6 or more months of chronic or exaggeratedworry and tension that is much more severe than normal anxiety.People with GAD often worry about many different things even if there are no signs of trouble and are unable to relax and sometimes sufferfrom insomnia. The source of these feelings are hard to pinpoint andjust the thought of getting through the day provokes anxiety. GAD affects 6.8 million or 3.1% of the U.S. population and women are twiceas likely to be affected than men. People Ages 17-18 People Ages 15-16 Women Men 1.8% 1.0% 1.4% 0.6% Cognitive-behavioral Therapy Therapy is a key component in treatingGAD and many studies show that is justas effective in treating GAD without theside-effects of medication. Therapy examines distortions in the ways that people with GAD view the world and themselves. CBT involves five comp-onents: Education (learning about the disorder), monitoring (monitoring theanxiety, including what triggers it and what is worried about the most), physicalcontrol strategies (deep breathing and muscle relaxation), cognitive control strategies (learn to evaluate and alter thinking patterns) and behavioral strat-egies (learn to tackle fears instead of av-oiding them). Facts -People with an anxiety disorder are 3-5 times more likely to go to the doctor and are 6 times more liekly to behospitalized than who do not suffer from an anxietydisorder. -The disorder comes on gradually and can begin across the life cycle.-Most common in people between childhood and middleage.-There is evidence that biological factors, family back-ground and life experiences play a role. Lifetime Prevalence:
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