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Clinical features 

Clinical features
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Clinical features
Author(s):

Beth Patterson

, Michael Van Ameringen

, and Mark H. Pollack

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199557837.003.0003
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date: 01 June 2020

Only a third to a half of generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) cases receive a proper diagnosis due to its somatic presentation.

GAD afflicts twice as many women than men, has a later age of onset with the highest rates found in the 45 to 59 age group.

The course of GAD is typically chronic with episodes lasting between 6½ and 10 yrs, and sometimes longer

GAD usually presents with co-morbid psychiatric conditions often posing a diagnostic challenge.

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