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What are the symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder?1

The Diagnostic Statistic Manual of Mental Disorders1 states the main characteristics of generalized anxiety disorder are excessive worrying and difficulty controlling the worry. Additional symptoms may include:
  • feeling restless or on edge
  • being easily fatigued
  • irritability
  • muscle tension
  • and difficulties with sleep.

How common is generalized anxiety disorder?1

Every year, about 3% of the population experiences generalized anxiety disorder; the lifetime prevalence rate is about 9%. Females are approximately twice as likely as males to develop the disorder.

What is CBT treatment for generalized anxiety disorder like?

For all disorders, the CBT therapist starts by educating clients about their diagnosis and about CBT, helps clients set treatment goals, and teaches clients essential thinking and behavioral skills. CBT techniques for anxiety focuses on helping clients reduce their worrying, evaluate predictions about future disasters, and learn how to handle problems when they do arise.

For health and mental health professionals

Learn to treat generalized anxiety disorder more effectively at our CBT for Anxiety workshop.

1American Psychiatric Association. (2013).Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders(5th ed.). Arlington, VA: American Psychiatric Publishing. doi:10.1176/appi.books.9780890425596.744053