Generalized anxiety disorder anxiety state

The prevalence of pure generalized anxiety disorder is about 3 per cent of the population, and a further 8 per cent have mixed anxiety and depressive disorder. Physical and/or mental symptoms of anxiety, as listed above, are present most of the time in the absence of real danger, and are 'free-floating' rather than focused on any particular stimulus.

Most acute episodes seen in primary care are precipitated by obvious stressors, and respond to supportive interviews designed to help the patient express and clarify feelings, and address any practical problems. Patients often ask for 'counselling', although the unlimited demand means that this may not always be available. In fact, 'watchful waiting' may be the best option, as most such episodes have a strong tendency to resolve naturally.

If a specific treatment were required, the GP would have a choice of the medications outlined above: a beta-blocker, an antihistamine, or a sedative antidepressant such as small doses of trimipramine or trazodone. SSRIs can make things worse. Benzodiazepines should be avoided in most cases.

Free Yourself from Panic Attacks

Free Yourself from Panic Attacks

With all the stresses and strains of modern living, panic attacks are become a common problem for many people. Panic attacks occur when the pressure we are living under starts to creep up and overwhelm us. Often it's a result of running on the treadmill of life and forgetting to watch the signs and symptoms of the effects of excessive stress on our bodies. Thankfully panic attacks are very treatable. Often it is just a matter of learning to recognize the symptoms and learn simple but effective techniques that help you release yourself from the crippling effects a panic attack can bring.

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