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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 Generalized Anxiety/Panic Disorder Treatments Counseling: Many people seek professionalhelp for their anxiety, specifically cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). It helps people learnto manage their stress with skills to cope, relax,and problem-solve, along with promoting a senseof mindfulness about thoughts/behaviors.Medication: There are two main kinds of medicationused to help treat GAD. The first is a group ofof anti-anxiety medications called benzodiazepines,which help with relaxation. The other option isanti-depressants, which actually may help withlong-term anxiety.No treatment: Since anxiety creates a fight-or-flightresponse in people, constant anxiety/stress can resultin stomachaches, shallow breathing, pounding heart,and tense muscles, which can seriously wear a persondown and create heart and muscular issues. by: Isabella (Bella) Iven, 3A Who's affected? No specific group of people developGeneralized Anxiety Disorder (GAD). In fact,more than 40 million adults (18% of the totalpopulation) in the United States are affected. However, women are twiceas likely to suffer from this disorder. Olderadults are also statistically more likely todevelop GAD, along with those who alreadyhave another mental illness or addiction.Younger people who are diagnosed with GADare more likely to suffer from other disordersas well. One factor contributing to GAD isgenetics, so if a family member has it, theirrelatives are at an increased risk. Symptoms an anxiety disorder marked by chronic excessive anxiety and worry that is difficult to control, causes distress or impairment in daily functioning, and is accompanied by three or more associated symptoms To be diagnosed with GAD, you mustshow three or more symptoms. Someexamples of these are:chronic worrying, (especially aboutthings that are extremely unlikelyto happen), to the point where itinterferes with daily lifemuscle tensionphysical fatiguerestlessness/difficulty sleepingirritabilityedginess Additional Facts Anxiety is the most common form of mentalillness in the United States.Brain scans have shown that people suffering from anxiety disorders may havechemical imbalances in their brains.Only about one-third of people suffering fromanxiety seek help. Medical Definition
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