Corinne Crossley, LMHC

Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Criteria for Generalized Anxiety Disorder according to DSM-IV (abridged)

A. At least 6 months of "excessive anxiety and worry" about a variety of events and situations.

B. Significant difficulty in controlling the anxiety and worry.

C. The presence for most days over the previous six months of 3 or more of the following symptoms:

1. Feeling wound-up, tense, or restless
2. Easily becoming fatigued or worn-out
3. Concentration problems
4. Irritability
5. Significant tension in muscles
6. Difficulty with sleep

The symptoms cause problems functioning in daily life.

Source: American Psychiatric Association (2000). Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (4th Ed., Text Revision). Washington DC: American Psychiatric Association.


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