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1

What is generalised anxiety disorder?

chronic, excessive worry that causes distress or impairment
generalised and persistent anxiety

2

How long must the duration of anxiety be?

At least 6 months

3

Describe the course of GAD.

Chronic, fluctuating

4

Who more commonly gets anxiety?

Females

5

What are some cognitive symptoms of GAD?

racing thoughts
meta worry
depersonalisation
derealisation
difficulty concentrating
on edge, hyper vigilance
preference for order and routine
fear of losing control

6

What are some physical symptoms of GAD?

difficulty breathing
sweating, hot flushes, chills
palpitations, chest pain
trembling
muscle tension, aches
numbness or tingling
nausea
dizziness
dry mouth, feeling of choking

7

What are some behavioural symptoms of GAD?

seek reassurance
persistent irritability
restlessness, inability to relax
self medication
difficulty sleeping due to worry
exaggerated startle response
avoidance (of certain situations)

8

How is anxiety diagnosed?

clinical diagnosis
TFTs

9

What is the treatment of anxiety?

CBT
SSRIs/SNRIs
pregabalin
benzodiazepines (short term)

10

What are the risk factors for developing anxiety?

family history
physical or emotional stress or trauma
female gender