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Synopsis

Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is characterized by excessive and persistent worrying that:
  • Is difficult to control,
  • Causes distress or impairment,
  • Occurs on more days than not for at least 6 months, and
  • Is associated with symptoms of anxiety, eg, apprehensiveness, irritability, muscle tension, and fatigue.
Can occur with other disorders like major depression, panic disorder, social phobia, and specific phobias.

Individuals may exhibit features of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) like counting, checking, and intrusive thoughts. But unlike OCD, these features in GAD are not time-consuming or ritualized, and they tend to revolve around avoiding adverse outcomes in day-to-day activities rather than focusing on primal fears.

Related topic: Drug-induced anxiety

Codes

ICD10CM:
F41.1 – Generalized anxiety disorder

SNOMEDCT:
21897009 – Generalized anxiety disorder

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