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 language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||7|
|State||Published - Mar 1 2005|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Psychiatry and Mental health