Research Paper On Generalized Anxiety Disorder

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Generalized Anxiety Disorder Ashley Hendricks University of Phoenix PSY 340 December 01, 2010 Daniel Hoffman Generalized Anxiety Disorder Generalized anxiety disorder is the excessive worrying and anxiousness of an individual which can make life difficult and stress more strenuous. People suffering from generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) are more likely to stress or worry about money, family, work, and health matters. The source of the worry, however, is at times hard to pinpoint…show more content…
The Encyclopedia of mental disorders (2010) states that people with generalized anxiety disorder experience excessive worry that causes problems at work and in the maintenance of daily responsibilities. Evidence suggests that generalized anxiety disorder involves several neurotransmitter systems in the brain, including nor-epinephrine and serotonin. The abnormal levels of certain neurotransmitters in the brain have been associated with generalized anxiety disorder. Neurotransmitters send a special chemical from nerve cell to nerve cell when transferring information. If these neurotransmitters are out of balance, the chemical messages cannot get through the brain properly. This can alter the way the brain reacts in certain situations, causing anxiety. Some parts of our brain chemistry are also involved in generalized anxiety disorder. Most notably the brains of people with generalized anxiety disorder have abnormal levels of serotonin and nor-epinephrine. The most popular treatments for generalized anxiety disorder work to correct this. It is unclear whether genes, some sort of environmental stress, or another factor cause these levels to be different. But it is the source of ongoing research (Meek,

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