Treatments for Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)

Psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and specially trained primary care providers are trained to treat GAD. If your doctor doesn't have special training, ask for the name of a doctor or counselor who does.

Treatment for general anxiety disorder (GAD) falls into 2 categories:

Psychotherapy can be as effective as medicine for GAD. It is usually the first treatment that is tried. Cognitive behavioral therapy has been shown to be effective for GAD. It is often more effective when used in combination with medicine.

The success of treatment varies from person to person. Some will feel better after only a few months of treatment, while with others it may take a year or more. Treatment can be complicated by other mental health issues that may be present.

Treatment involves the following:



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Last reviewed May 2020 by Adrian Preda, MD

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