Diagnosing Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)



Rakesh Jain, MD, MPH, associate clinical professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the University of Texas and director, psychiatric drug research, R/D Clinical Research Center, Lake Jackson, TX, discusses diagnostic elements for generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). Dr. Jain describes a typical patient's description of their symptoms and stresses that because some of symptoms (e.g., sleep difficulty or stomach upset) present somatically, a wide range of medical professionals may be tasked with identifying the disorder. He details the criteria listed in DSM-IV for diagnosis.