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Generalized Anxiety Disorder 

Generalized Anxiety Disorder
Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Emmanuel Garcia

, Megan E. Renna

, and Douglas S. Mennin

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date: 25 October 2020

Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is characterized by chronic and severe worry. The past 30 years have seen a surge in the understanding of GAD, and specific advances have been made in how the disorder is conceptualized and treated. However, despite these advances, GAD remains treatment-refractory in many cases. This chapter provides an overview of the current conceptualization of GAD, including its key symptoms and features. In addition, it highlights many of the specific theoretical and treatment advances of the past several decades. Finally, the chapter explores future directions that the field may be able to take in an attempt to better understand and treat this disorder.

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