Obsessive-compulsive disorder and generalized anxiety disorder: A common diagnostic dilemma

Marco A. Grados, Leung Denise, Khalid Ahmed, Alka Aneja

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Generalized anxiety disorder is characterized by uncontrollable excessive worrying about everyday matters, including perception by others, achievement, danger, and safety. Obsessive-compulsive disorder is characterized by intrusive, senseless, and distressing ideations, images, or urges (ie, obsessions) and/or rigidly defined behaviors that must be applied to allay anxiety (ie, compulsions). Both conditions are characterized by excessive worrying. This article reviews the epidemiology, clinical presentation, and clinical course of both disorders, providing guidelines for the differential diagnosis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)40-46
Number of pages7
JournalPrimary Psychiatry
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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