Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Generalized Anxiety Disorder ( F41.1); GAD is an anxiety disorder characterized by excessive, uncontrollable, and irrational worry that interferes with the normal functioning of the individual. Although some literature considers panic attacks as the hallmark of anxiety disorders, in GAD generally, there are no associated panic attacks. The DSM-5 for diagnosing GAD considers factors like excessive worry associated with various physical symptoms to make a diagnosis and rule out others. Patients with GAD may present with symptoms such as excessive anxiety and worry, reduced concentration, difficulty falling asleep, or insomnia (Park & Kim, 2020). Besides, they may become restless, become irritable, report increased muscle aches or soreness, and get fatigued. In this case, the patient experiences four of the symptoms which includes; feeling restless, easily fatigued, the mind going blank, and difficulty falling asleep/sleep disturbances meeting the criteria. Thus, I chose this also as a probable diagnosis.

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