Aug 15, 2008 Issue
Diagnosis of Anxiety Disorders in Primary Care [Point-of-Care Guides]

Generalized anxiety disorder leads to considerable morbidity and affects approximately 3 percent of patients in primary care practices.

Aug 15, 2007 Issue
Herbal and Dietary Supplements for Treatment of Anxiety Disorders [Article]

Use of complementary and alternative medicine has increased over the past decade. A variety of studies have suggested that this use is greater in persons with symptoms or diagnoses of anxiety and depression. Data support the effectiveness of some popular herbal remedies and dietary supplements; in s...

Mar 15, 2006 Issue
The Patient with Excessive Worry [Article]

Worry is a normal response to uncertainty. Education, empathetic support, reassurance, and passage of time usually ameliorate ordinary worries. However, these common-sense strategies for dealing with transient worries often prove ineffective for patients with excessive worry, many of whom meet the c...

Feb 15, 2005 Issue
Treatment of Panic Disorder [Article]

Panic disorder with or without agoraphobia occurs commonly in patients in primary care settings. This article assesses multiple evidence-based reviews of effective treatments for panic disorder. Antidepressant medications successfully reduce the severity of panic symptoms and eliminate panic attacks...

Nov 1, 2003 Issue
Antidepressants for Generalized Anxiety Disorder [Cochrane for Clinicians]

As a group, antidepressants are an effective short-term treatment for GAD. Compared with placebo, about five to six patients must be treated to get one additional patient who responds to therapy. Side effects occur more frequently with antidepressants than with placebo, but they are not severe enough to require discontinuation of treatment.

Jan 1, 2003 Issue
Generalized Anxiety Disorder [Clinical Evidence Handbook]

What are the effects of treatments?

Oct 15, 2002 Issue
What to do When SSRIs Fail: Eight Strategies for Optimizing Treatment of Panic Disorder [Article]

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are the drug of choice for treatment of patients with panic disorder. Most patients have a favorable response to SSRI therapy; however, 30 percent will not be able to tolerate these drugs or will have an unfavorable or incomplete response. Strategies t...

Dec 15, 2000 Issue
Mass Psychogenic Illness: Role of the Individual Physician [Article]

Mass psychogenic illness is characterized by symptoms, occurring among a group of persons with shared beliefs regarding those symptoms, that suggest organic illness but have no identifiable environmental cause and little clinical or laboratory evidence of disease. Mass psychogenic illness typically ...

Oct 1, 2000 Issue
Generalized Anxiety Disorder [Article]

Patients with generalized anxiety disorder experience worry or anxiety and a number of physical and psychologic symptoms. The disorder is frequently difficult to diagnose because of the variety of presentations and the common occurrence of comorbid medical or psychiatric conditions. The lifetime pre...

Nov 15, 1999 Issue
Social Anxiety Disorder: A Common, Underrecognized Mental Disorder [Article]

Social phobia is a highly prevalent yet often overlooked psychiatric disorder that can cause severe disability but fortunately has shown responsiveness to specific pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy. Recognition of its essential clinical features and the use of brief, targeted screening questions can...

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