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Clinical features

Beth Patterson, Michael Van Ameringen and Mark H. Pollack

in Generalized Anxiety Disorders

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199557837
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199607341 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199557837.003.0003

Series: Oxford Psychiatry Library

Clinical features

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• Only a third to a half of generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) cases receive a proper diagnosis due to its somatic presentation. • GAD afflicts twice as many women than men, has a later age of onset with the highest rates found in the 45 to 59 age group. • The course of GAD is typically chronic with episodes lasting between 6½ and 10 yrs, and sometimes longer • GAD usually presents with co-morbid psychiatric conditions often posing a diagnostic challenge.

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Subjects: Psychiatry

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