Advertisement

Nature of Generalized Anxiety Disorder

  • Michael E. Portman
Chapter

Over the last 10–15 years, generalized anxiety disorder – commonly referred to as GAD – has mystified both researchers and clinicians. GAD has been a topic of heated debate in the mental health field. It bears repeating that this disorder is a highly misunderstood (Kasper, 2004), commonly occurring, chronic, disabling, diagnostically independent, and severe condition. GAD, compared with other anxiety disorders, has also been understudied (Dugas, 2000). Once considered a mild disorder of the “worried well,” GAD has proven to be much more complex and elusive in nature (Rickels & Rynn, 2002; Sanderson & Andrews, 2002). The early paucity of research was due in part to multiple changes in diagnostic conceptualizations (Nutt, Argyropoulous, & Forshall, 2001; Pollock & Kuo, 2004), low interrater reliability (Barlow & Di Nardo, 1991; DiNardo, 1993), and imprecision in identifying target symptoms of the disorder (Rickels & Rynn, 2001). In other words, clinical recognition and research have...

Keywords

Major Depressive Disorder Irritable Bowel Syndrome Anxiety Disorder Generalize Anxiety Disorder Personality Disorder 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Cleveland Veterans AdministrationCase Western Reserve UniversityUSA

Personalised recommendations