Treatment for General Anxiety Disorder
The definition of general anxiety disorder, “GAD,” is an exaggerated state of persistent worrying that is uncontrollable and impairing, occurring more than 50% of the time over at least 6 months. It is often accompanied by distress, apprehension, mood irritability and even physical manifestations, such as fatigue and muscular tension.1
There is evidence that the biochemistry of the brain is heavily involved, including neurotransmitters.2,3
Treatment for GAD involves identifying and addressing the following:
Developmental and personality factors
Genetic factors are already done and can’t really be undone. However, identifying a family history will help identify other co-morbidities that will affect treatment. For example, if a major depression figures prominently in a parent, clues to the same, well-hidden before learning the f ...
The prescribing and use of antidepressants is rising. Interestingly, it seems the biggest rise occurs in countries that are traditionally perceived as the happiest.1 In trying to find an association between suicide rates2 and happiness (or depression), no real association can be determined. One thing is clear, however: not only is the use of antidepressants rising, but the rise is accelerating.3
Unhappy Americans, unhappy Canadians
So how do the statistics play out for the USA and for Canada? As it turns out, one out of 10,000 people annually commit suicide in the USA. In Canada, it is a hair higher (about a hundredth of a person higher). Of course, the USA has a larger population (many more groups of 10,000 people), so it will have an absolute number of suicides that is larger than Canada’s and with it, the amount of diagnosed depression. Within statistical error, this means that although the numbers are different, the suicide rate is about the same for the two ...