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Anxiety disorders : assessment and management in general practice

Kyrios, Michael, Moulding, Richard and Nedeljkovic, Maja 2011, Anxiety disorders : assessment and management in general practice, Australian family physician, vol. 40, no. 6, pp. 370-374.

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Title Anxiety disorders : assessment and management in general practice
Author(s) Kyrios, Michael
Moulding, RichardORCID iD for Moulding, Richard orcid.org/0000-0001-7779-3166
Nedeljkovic, Maja
Journal name Australian family physician
Volume number 40
Issue number 6
Start page 370
End page 374
Total pages 5
Publisher Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Publication date 2011-06
ISSN 0300-8495
Keyword(s) anxiety disorders
mental health
treatment
Summary Background: Anxiety is a normal physiological response to a threat. Anxiety disorders occur when this normal physiological response is associated with high levels of autonomic arousal, erroneous cognitions and dysfunctional coping strategies. Anxiety disorders are highly prevalent and present commonly to general practice. Anxiety disorders are often comorbid with other psychiatric and medical disorders and may be associated with significant morbidity.

Objective:
This article describes the diagnosis, assessment and management of anxiety disorders in the general practice setting.

Discussion:
Assessment in patients presenting with anxiety symptoms involves excluding a medical cause, identifying features of specific anxiety disorders as well as other coexisting psychiatric disorders, and assessing the degree of distress. Management options include psychoeducation, psychological treatments (particularly cognitive behaviour therapy) and pharmacological treatments. Patients with a diagnosis of an anxiety disorder can access Medicare funded psychological care under a number of Australian government initiatives. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors and serotonin norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors are the first line pharmacological agents used to treat anxiety disorders. Regular review is vital to monitor for clinical improvement and more complex presentations may require specialist psychological or psychiatric referral.
Language eng
Field of Research 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30056080

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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