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.

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