General Anxiety Disorder Essay

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General Anxiety Disorder Denise Outen HCA/240 November 8, 2012 David Rodvien Introduction; Everybody sometimes feels anxious, experiences real fear or is scared. In situations where we are actually in danger, fear is a healthy way of protecting our selves. Cause, Incidence, and Risk factors; Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is a common condition. Genes may play a role. Stress may also contribute to the development of GAD. Anyone can develop this disorder, even kids. Most people with the disorder report that they have been anxious for as long as they can remember, GAD occurs somewhat more often in women that in men. Genetics; Some research suggests that family history plays a part in increasing the likelihood that a person will develop GAD. This means that the tendency to develop GAD maybe passed on in families. Brain Chemistry; GAD has been associated with abnormal levels of certain neurotransmitters in the brain. Neurotransmitters are special chemical messengers that help move information from nerve cell to nerve cell. If the neurotransmitters are out of balance, messages cannot get through the brain properly. This can alter the way the brain reacts in certain situations, leading to anxiety. Environmental Factors; Trauma and stressful events such as abuse the death of a loved one, divorce, changing jobs, or schools may lead to GAD. GAD also may become worse during periods of stress. The use of and withdrawal from addictive substances, including alcohol, caffeine, and nicotine can be also
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