DSM-IV and beyond: what is generalized anxiety disorder?
Article first published online: 13 NOV 2007
Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica
Volume 98, Issue Supplement s393, pages 23–29, December 1998
How to Cite
Barlow, D. H. and Wincze, J. (1998), DSM-IV and beyond: what is generalized anxiety disorder?. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, 98: 23–29. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0447.1998.tb05962.x
- Issue published online: 13 NOV 2007
- Article first published online: 13 NOV 2007
- generalized anxiety disorder;
- mixed anxiety-depression;
With the advent of DSM-III in the USA (1), a new disorder termed generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) was established separately from panic disorder. Because GAD was relegated to a residual category, it soon became a confusing diagnosis. Although revisions in DSM-III-R (2) removed GAD as a residual category, they also complicated the clinical examination necessary to arrive at a GAD diagnosis. With the publication of DSM-IV (3). GAD has been further refined in an attempt to improve the reliability and discriminability of the disorder. However, it continues to be controversial. and a number of issues remain unresolved.