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Generalized Anxiety Disorder

DEFINITION:

Characterised by excessive preoccupation before situations of daily life (family, work or economic responsibilities, health, small failures of the children, housework, fear of having an accident...)

FREQUENT PHYSICAL REACTIONS:

  • General pain and physical discomfort.
  • Restlessness.
  • Tiredness.
  • Muscular tension.
  • Sleep alterations.

MOST FREQUENT IDEAS:

  • "I am afraid of what will happen in the future"
  • "I am afraid of failure"
  • "What if Í lose my job?"
  • "What if my wife leaves me?"
  • "What if this pain is something bad?"

WHAT HAPPENS IF IT IS NOT TREATED:

  • Deterioration of daily life of the patient and their environment.
  • Psychosomatic illnesses (pains or chronic alterations without organic explanation).
  • Substance abuse.
  • Complication with other mental disorders (e.g. depression).
 

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