Anxiety Disorders: Generalized Anxiety Disorder
Anxiety disorders are currently the most common psychiatric illnesses affecting both children and adults. Whether it is the generalized anxiety associated with everyday living or the devastating effects of a severe traumatic event, people who develop the extreme symptoms of an anxiety disorder can find their lives impaired in significant ways. It is important for students and healthcare professionals to know what differentiates excessive anxiety from an anxiety disorder. This program identifies the criteria for Generalized Anxiety Disorder and the manner in which anxiety can become a pervasive reality in people's lives. It examines the emerging link between depression and anxiety and some of the limitations that can arise with an individual who struggles daily with this disorder. Effective dramatic vignettes and interviews with professionals and educators in the field are used to explore current treatment options and the challenges that these disorders present in home, vocational, and clinical environments.