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A description of patients diagnosed with DSM-III-R generalized anxiety disorder.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  2394979     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
In the revision to DSM-III, generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is no longer considered only a residual category but can be diagnosed even when other axis I disorders are present. In this report, we present basic descriptive data on 22 patients meeting DSM-III-R criteria for GAD. Specific spheres of worry most commonly reported by patients with GAD are presented as well as data suggesting that these spheres of worry can be identified and judged as excessive or unrealistic in a reliable fashion. Nearly all GAD patients receive an additional diagnosis (comorbidity). Patterns of comorbidity indicate a high frequency of social phobia as an additional diagnosis in this sample. The present study suggests that, consistent with the new definition of GAD, a group of patients exist who worry excessively about two or more life circumstances and have the accompanying physiological symptoms with sufficient severity to satisfy the diagnostic criteria. Preliminary evidence suggests that this pattern of chronic intense worry about life circumstances discriminates GAD from other anxiety disorders.
Authors:
W C Sanderson; D H Barlow
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of nervous and mental disease     Volume:  178     ISSN:  0022-3018     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Nerv. Ment. Dis.     Publication Date:  1990 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1990-10-05     Completed Date:  1990-10-05     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0375402     Medline TA:  J Nerv Ment Dis     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  588-91     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Affiliation:
Department of Psychiatry, Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, New York 10467.
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Adult
Anxiety Disorders / classification,  diagnosis*,  epidemiology
Comorbidity
Depressive Disorder / classification,  diagnosis,  epidemiology
Diagnosis, Differential
Female
Humans
Male
Middle Aged
New York / epidemiology
Phobic Disorders / classification,  diagnosis,  epidemiology
Psychiatric Status Rating Scales
Psychometrics

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