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How do I know if I have generalized anxiety disorder?

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The first step is to rule out the possibility that your symptoms are being caused by a medical condition that is not psychiatric. Among the conditions that produce symptoms similar to those of anxiety are hyperthyroidism or other endocrine problems, too much or too little calcium, low blood sugar, and certain heart problems. Certain medicines also can sometimes cause anxiety. A thorough evaluation by your health care provider will determine if any of these conditions are the cause of your symptoms.

If no other medical culprit can be found and the symptoms seem out of proportion to any situation you are facing, you may be diagnosed with an anxiety disorder.

SOURCES: 

Starcevic, V. , Oxford University Press, 2005.  Anxiety Disorders in Adults: A Clinical Guide

American Psychiatric Association: , 2000.  Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders4th Edition

Journal of Clinical PsychiatryNew Perspectives for Treating GAD , , 2004.

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on February 11, 2017

SOURCES: 

Starcevic, V. , Oxford University Press, 2005.  Anxiety Disorders in Adults: A Clinical Guide

American Psychiatric Association: , 2000.  Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders4th Edition

Journal of Clinical PsychiatryNew Perspectives for Treating GAD , , 2004.

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on February 11, 2017

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