Fast Five Quiz: Anxiety

Stephen Soreff, MD


August 09, 2021

According to the DSM-5, a diagnosis of GAD requires anxiety and worry that are associated with at least three of the following six symptoms, occurring on more days than not, for at least 6 months:

  • Restlessness or feeling keyed-up or on edge

  • Being easily fatigued

  • Difficulty concentrating or mind going blank

  • Irritability

  • Muscle tension

  • Sleep disturbance

For diagnosis, symptoms must result in the patient's impaired ability to function and cannot be attributed to a separate medical condition.

Read more on the presentation of various anxiety disorders.


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