Researchers in Italy found that of 105 subjects who met criteria for the DSM diagnosis of generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), only 18 had no other comorbid disorder. Almost no symptoms were specific to GAD, and most were prevalent in all other disorders on the mood/anxiety spectrum. They conclude that no GAD symptoms distinguished GAD patients from patients without GAD. Results appear in Comprehensive Psychiatry.
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