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In the journals: Psychodynamic therapy is effective in treating chronic worry

Updated: October 01, 2009

In the journals

Psychodynamic therapy is effective in treating chronic worry

Occasional worries are normal, but if anxiety about everyday events and problems is dominating your life, you may have generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). In addition to excessive worry, people with GAD usually have other complaints, such as fatigue, insomnia, and poor concentration (see "Symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder").

Symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder

  • Persistent, excessive worry about events and activities occurring on more days than not for at least six months

  • Worry that is difficult to control

  • Heart palpitations

  • Being easily fatigued

  • Trouble concentrating or mind going blank

  • Irritability

  • Muscle tension

  • Restlessness or feeling keyed up or on edge

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