Advertisement

Pharmacotherapy for Generalized Anxiety Disorder

  • Michael E. Portman
Chapter

This chapter title is somewhat of a misnomer, as it implies that what is being discussed here is simply the pharmacopeia for the treatment of GAD. Even though a revolution has taken place in the pharmacologic management of GAD, there has been growing research on the genetics and neurobiological correlates of the disorder. This information gives the clinician a more comprehensive theoretical understanding of GAD and the nature vs. nurture debate. For several years, some have felt that GAD was primarily a psychological disorder and should be treated by psychotherapy (Preston & Johnson, 2004). A more sophisticated and broader view is emerging, and factors in the reality that, for most psychiatric conditions (including GAD), the answer is not a simple either psychology or biology response. In most cases, a combination of both influences contributes to the symptomatology, pathogenesis, and management of many different emotional maladies (Nutt, Rickels, & Stein, 2002).

The initial part of...

Keywords

Generalize Anxiety Disorder Remission Rate Somatic Symptom Psychotropic Agent Generalize Anxiety Disorder Symptom 
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