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Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)- Diagnosis

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How generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is diagnosed?

• Clinical History: The doctor generally starts with taking detailed history of symptoms. He would like to know about about any substance abuse or any medicine being taken.

• Physical examination: try to check for any signs of underlying disease.

• Tests: As many patients in India present predominately with physical symptoms, the doctor may advise to undergo some lab tests or imaging test to rule out any underlying physical cause of complaints like pain and others.

• Refer to a specialist: As most of the patient in India first visit a general practitioner, he may refer you to a psychiatrist or psychologist once he suspects anxiety disorder.

• Psychiatrist: would like to take detailed history and may use special questions to help understand your problem and determine a diagnosis. He would label the problem as generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) on the basis of criteria laid by Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5).

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