Chapter 53. Anxiety Disorders: Generalized Anxiety Disorder

  1. Jerald Kay Professor Chair1 and
  2. Allan Tasman Professor Chair2

Published Online: 19 SEP 2006

DOI: 10.1002/0470030992.ch53

Essentials of Psychiatry

Essentials of Psychiatry

How to Cite

Kay, J. and Tasman, A. (2006) Anxiety Disorders: Generalized Anxiety Disorder, in Essentials of Psychiatry, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/0470030992.ch53

Author Information

  1. 1

    Department of Psychiatry, Wright State University School of Medicine, Dayton, Ohio, USA

  2. 2

    Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Louisville School of Medicine, Louisville, Kentucky, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 19 SEP 2006
  2. Published Print: 30 JUN 2006

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470018545

Online ISBN: 9780470030998



  • anxiety disorders - generalized anxiety disorder (GAD);
  • Cholecystokinin (CCK) and anxiety in humans;
  • GABA-benzodiazepines and GAD;
  • panic disorder with/without agoraphobia;
  • obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD);
  • anxiety and hyperthyroidism;
  • psychodynamic psychotherapies;
  • doctor–patient relationship in GAD;
  • tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs) in GAD;
  • cognitive–behavioral therapy (CBT) interventions


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Definition

  • Etiology and Pathophysiology

  • Psychological Mechanisms

  • Assessment and Differential Diagnosis

  • Differential Diagnosis

  • Epidemiology and Comorbidity

  • GAD: Comorbidity with Other Disorders

  • Course

  • Treatment Approaches

  • Doctor–Patient Relationship

  • Pharmacotherapy

  • Nonpharmacological Treatments

  • Long-term Management of Generalized Anxiety Disorder

  • Comorbidity and the Treatment of GAD

  • Treatment of GAD in the Elderly

  • Treatment of GAD in Adolescents and Children

  • Treatment Resistance

  • Summary

  • Comparison of DSM-IV/ICD-10 Diagnostic Criteria

  • References