Department of Psychiatry
Penn Behavioral Health

Center for Psychotherapy Research

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What is Generalized Anxiety Disorder?

Symptoms of Generalized Anxiety Disorder include:

  • Feelings of uncontrollable worry and anxiety most of the time
  • Experiencing some of the following symptoms for at least 6 months:
  • Restlessness
  • Fatigue
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Muscle tension
  • Irritability
  • Sleep disturbance

Of all major mood and anxiety disorders, Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) represents one of the most common, but least studied disorders. Although medications and cognitive-behavioral therapies (CBT) have demonstrated efficacy in GAD treatment, a substantial number of patients fail to achieve an adequate clinical response during acute phase treatment. Thus, it is important to attempt to improve outcomes in GAD.


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