generalized anxiety disorder

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Definition of generalized anxiety disorder

: 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 (such as restlessness, irritability, poor concentration, and sleep disturbances) abbreviation GAD

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Emma says she was originally diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder and mild depression. Jacqueline Andriakos, SELF, "13 Things People With Bipolar Disorder Want You to Know," 12 Dec. 2018 Besides helping me gain strength and muscle, lifting has also helped me manage my generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). Melissa Pandika, SELF, "Lifting Heavy Weights Is My Favorite Way to Help Manage My Anxiety," 16 Nov. 2018 They may be prescribed as a first-line treatment for generalized anxiety disorder and a second-line treatment for panic disorder and social anxiety disorder, according to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Lena Dunham Says She's 6 Months Sober After Years of 'Misusing' Her Anti-Anxiety Medication," 30 Oct. 2018 Doctors diagnosed him with generalized anxiety disorder, major depressive disorder and disruptive mood dysregulation disorder, according to the documents. Vikki Ortiz, chicagotribune.com, "CPS students denied special education services amid 'cycle of chaos,' parents say," 19 June 2018 Anxiety disorders There are a number of anxiety disorders, including generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder and bipolar disorder, among others. Ginger Christ, cleveland.com, "Kevin Love 'brave' voice for those living with mental illness, panic disorders," 7 Mar. 2018 Some evidence suggests patients with generalized anxiety disorders may benefit from floating. Nathaniel Morris, Washington Post, "My patients said floating in a sensory deprivation tank was healing. So I tried it.," 21 Jan. 2018 Cymbalta, which is prescribed for major depressive disorder and generalized anxiety disorder, earned its blockbuster title almost five times over in 2012, bringing in nearly $5 billion to developer Eli Lilly. John Ericson, Newsweek, "'A Pill for Every Ill'," 6 Feb. 2014 My generalized anxiety disorder feeds on inactivity. Jamie Friedlander, The Cut, "Can Journaling Be a Substitute for Therapy?," 23 Feb. 2018

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generalized anxiety disorder

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Medical Definition of generalized anxiety disorder

: 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 (as restlessness, irritability, poor concentration, and sleep disturbances)

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