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(p. 319) Generalized Anxiety Disorder 

(p. 319) Generalized Anxiety Disorder
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(p. 319) Generalized Anxiety Disorder
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Marco Del Giudice

DOI:
10.1093/med-psych/9780190246846.003.0015
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date: 04 December 2020

The chapter discusses generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), a chronic state of excessive, uncontrollable anxiety and worry about a number of different events and activities. Generalized anxiety co-occurs with depression at very high rates and shares the same genetic risk factors. After an overview of this disorder, its developmental features, and the main risk factors identified in the epidemiological literature, the chapter critically reviews existing evolutionary models and suggests new directions for research. The final section applies the criteria developed earlier in the book to classify the disorder within the fast-slow-defense (FSD) model. The author concludes that GAD can be classified as a defense activation (D-type) condition.

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