Generalized Anxiety Disorder

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Generalized Anxiety Disorder I believe I am most disposed to generalized anxiety disorder, or better known as GAD. People with GAD worry about nearly anything. I am the type of person that needs to always worry about something. If I do not have something to worry about, I tend to worry over the fact that I have nothing to worry about thinking that I am forgetting something important to do. GAD is common in Western society and about 3 percent of the U.S. population have symptoms of the disorder. Women are also diagnosed with GAD more than men. According to Freud, children exposed to high levels of realistic, neurotic, or moral anxiety and lack an adequate defense mechanism are most likely to develop generalized anxiety disorder (Comer). While I was growing up, my parents were strong believers in the authoritarian parenting style. When I did something wrong my parents never explained to me why it was wrong or how to fix the problem, I would always just be punished. The way my parents would say my name or look at me worried me, making me think maybe I have done something wrong once again. My maladaptive assumptions have also led me to believe that I may have generalized anxiety disorder. According to Ellis, people with GAD often hold basic irrational assumptions (Comer). Which in my case is true since I always mention how things are catastrophic when they do not end up the way I want them to be. Current and Past Symptoms I currently have a few symptoms that are related to generalized anxiety disorder. For example, I always feel like I am tense and feel wound up. Whenever I constantly worry about stuff I tend to feel worn out as well. Concentration has become an issue for me, especially when it comes to school. I find myself... ... middle of paper ... ...o become a hypochondriac. Works Cited Borkovec, Thomas D., Newman, Michelle G., & Castonguay, Louis G. (2003). Cognitive- behavioral therapy for generalized anxiety disorder with integrations from interpersonal and experiential therapies. The Journal of Lifelong Learning in Psychiatry, 2(3), 392-399. Goodwin, Renee D. & Gorman, Jack M. (2002). Psychopharmacologic treatment of generalized anxiety disorder and the risk of major depression. American Journal of Psychiatry. 159(11), 1935-1937. Wells, Adrian. (2002). GAD, metacognition, and mindfulness: An information processing analysis. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice. 9(1), 95-102. What medications are used to treat anxiety disorder?. Retrieved November 10, 2011, from http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/mental-health-medications/what- medications-are-used-to-treat-anxiety-disorders.shtml

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