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Generalized Anxiety Disorder: Latest Medical Breakthroughs

Tuesday, 12 Oct 2010 09:24 AM

Do you constantly worry about trivial things such as the telephone bill, the price of vegetables, and the traffic? Is your worry affecting your lifestyle and interfering with your ability to relax and lead a normal life? If so, then it’s possible that you suffer from Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD).

Generalized Anxiety Disorder is characterized by excessive worry or stress, in the absence of a stressor (stressful event). Anxiety disorder symptoms include body aches, insomnia, and exhaustion.

Recent medical breakthroughs in the treatment of Generalized Anxiety Disorder can help sufferers cope with this disorder more effectively. Treatment for GAD generally includes a combination of psychiatric therapy and drugs. The latest medical breakthroughs brought about by Generalized Anxiety Disorder research are listed below:
  1. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy: This is one of the newest and most efficient forms of treatment for GAD. It is a psychological method which includes sessions with a therapist who helps the patient understand the thoughts and feelings that trigger an outburst of anxiety. In addition, the therapist helps the person replace these thoughts with more positive goals to negate such feelings. The therapy also includes strategies to expose the patient to their current realities and allows them to focus on eliminating certain behaviors that influence their actions.
  2. Buspirone or Buspar is a drug that is one of the latest medical breakthroughs in the treatment of Generalized Anxiety Disorder. It belongs to the Azapirone and Piperazine category of drugs and is used as an anaxiolytic. This drug was approved for the treatment of GAD by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1986 and is now available on the market as a prescription medication. Highly effective, this medication causes very few side effects.
  3. Propranolol: Propranolol or Inderal is a new, non-selective beta-blocker that can be used in the treatment of Generalized Anxiety Disorder, as well as hypertension. This is available on the market as Avlocardyl and Inderal LA and is known for its on-target action.
  4. Pregabalin or Lyrica is a Generalized Anxiety Disorder drug that acts as a voltage dependent calcium channel used to decrease the release of various neurotransmitters such as glutamate and noradrenaline. This leads to a very quick and efficient response after a week of use and is quite similar in effectiveness to drugs such as Velafaxine.
Armed with knowledge about the latest medical breakthroughs for Generalized Anxiety Disorder, you can better direct people who seem to suffer from this disorder.

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