Chapter 10. Generalised Anxiety Disorder

  1. Eric J.L. Griez2,
  2. Carlo Faravelli3,
  3. David Nutt4 and
  4. Joseph Zohar5
  1. N. Caycedo1 and
  2. E.J.L. Griez2

Published Online: 6 DEC 2001

DOI: 10.1002/0470846437.ch10

Anxiety Disorders: An Introduction to Clinical Management and Research

Anxiety Disorders: An Introduction to Clinical Management and Research

How to Cite

Caycedo, N. and Griez, E.J.L. (2001) Generalised Anxiety Disorder, in Anxiety Disorders: An Introduction to Clinical Management and Research (eds E. J.L. Griez, C. Faravelli, D. Nutt and J. Zohar), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/0470846437.ch10

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Department of Psychiatry and Neuropsychology, University of Maastricht, The Netherlands

  2. 3

    Department of Neurology and Psychiatry, Florence University Medical School, Italy

  3. 4

    Psychopharmacology Unit, School of Medical Sciences, University of Bristol, UK

  4. 5

    Department of Psychiatry and Anxiety Clinic, Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer, University of Tel Aviv, Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Israel

Author Information

  1. 1

    Barcelona, Spain and Maastricht University, Maastricht, The Netherlands

  2. 2

    Department of Psychiatry and Neuropsychology, University of Maastricht, The Netherlands

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 6 DEC 2001
  2. Published Print: 29 MAY 2001

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780471978732

Online ISBN: 9780470846438

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Keywords:

  • anxiety disorders;
  • DSM-IV;
  • generalised anxiety;
  • comorbidity;
  • benzodiazapines;
  • antidepressants;
  • azapirones;
  • psychotherapy;
  • pharmacotherapy

Summary

The concept of Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD) emerged progressively after the original delineation of Panic Disorder (PD) by Klein in the early 1960's. Almost half a century later, the concept of PD has become one of the best validated diagnostic categories in psychiatry. On the other hand, the category of GAD was left behind in the shadow of PD. Most of the performed work to contrast PD and GAD succeeded in converting the construct of PD, but failed to establish GAD as an entity on its own. Particularly in the primary care setting, the identification of GAD might help clinicians in recognising early stages of potentially severe mental disorders and taking preventive action by starting early treatment well before invalidating conditions develop.