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Understanding Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Author: Dana Bartlett, BSN, MSN, MA, CSPI

Course Created: 2019

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No book to buy Duration: 1 hours
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Course Summary

Generalized anxiety disorder is diagnosed in individuals who are fearful and who worry excessively. Unlike most people who can control anxious thoughts and who can realize when their worry is excessive, people with generalized anxiety disorder struggle with mental and physical responses to situations or irrational thoughts to an extent of being disabled. With medication and cognitive behavioral therapy,  people with generalized anxiety disorder can begin to improve how they function socially, at work and in school. Rather than avoid situations, individuals with generalized anxiety disorder can begin to improve their thought processes and anxious responses by becoming engaged in treatment and practicing new ways of thinking and as well as through medication adherence.

Course Format

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Course Syllabus

  • Introduction
  • Diagnosis of an Anxiety Disorder
  • GAD Signs, Symptoms, and Co-occurring Conditions
  • Prognosis of Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Causes of Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Screening for Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Therapy for Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Pharmacotherapy for GAD
  • Case Study - Ketamine in Treatment Resistant GAD

Learning Objectives

  • Identify the difference between anxiety and generalized anxiety disorder.
  • Understand the causes and risk factors for generalized anxiety disorder.
  • Identify the signs and symptoms generalized anxiety disorder, and treatments.
  • Know the treatments and patient care for a patient with generalized anxiety disorder.


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