Generalized Anxiety Disorder
Severe, ongoing anxiety that interferes with daily activities.
Generalized anxiety disorder can occur at any age.
The condition has symptoms similar to panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and other types of anxiety. These symptoms include constant worry, restlessness, and trouble with concentration.
Treatment may include counseling and medications, such as antidepressants.
US Patients: Generalized Anxiety Disorder
World Patients: 3-5%
Age Onset: M;W2
Brain Area: Age 31
Symptoms: more amygdala and medial pfc activities; hippocampus, insula & orbitofrontal cortex
Progression: excessive, uncotnrollable and often irrational worry about ev ents or activities. frequent autonomic arousal
Causes: 60% develop depression
Medications: may be hereditary (40%)or genetic + environment-actual experiences
Therapies: norepinephrine inhibitors, antianxiety drugs, (many, many drug options-but many with possibly fatal side effects)
CBT-less catastrophizing, and other CBT orientations, relaxation, mindfulness, physical exercise
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- Methods of attempted suicide and risk factors in LGBTQ+ youthby Yuanyuan Wang on October 16, 2021
CONCLUSION: LGBTQ+ youth showed a higher prevalence of attempted suicide when compared to their heterosexual peers. Emotional and sexual abuse showed higher rates among LGBTQ+ youth, the cumulative effects of childhood trauma might explain the difficulties in developing healthy coping styles.
- Prevalence and correlates of common mental health problems and recent suicidal thoughts and behaviours among female sex workers in Nairobi, Kenyaby Alicja Beksinska on October 15, 2021
CONCLUSIONS: The high burden of mental health problems indicates a need for accessible services tailored for FSWs alongside structural interventions addressing poverty, harmful alcohol/substance use and violence. Given the high rates of ACEs, early childhood and family interventions should be considered to prevent poor mental health outcomes.
- Transcriptome-Wide Association Study Provides Insights Into the Genetic Component of Gene Expression in Anxietyby Xi Su on October 15, 2021
Anxiety disorders are common mental disorders that often result in disability. Recently, large-scale genome-wide association studies (GWASs) have identified several novel risk variants and loci for anxiety disorders (or anxiety traits). Nevertheless, how the reported risk variants confer risk of anxiety remains unknown. To identify genes whose cis-regulated expression levels are associated with risk of anxiety traits, we conducted a transcriptome-wide association study (TWAS) by integrating...
- Income Differences and COVID-19: Impact on Daily Life and Mental Healthby Lauren R Hall on October 15, 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused disproportionate suffering among vulnerable and socioeconomically disadvantaged portions of the population. Low-income and minority populations are likely to experience disparate disease and mental health burdens. Currently, there is little evidence regarding how the experience of the early months of the US COVID-19 outbreak differed by income level, and how that related to mental health symptoms. The present study used data from a national sample of US adults (n...