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Against the Stream: Generalised anxiety disorder (GAD) – a redundant diagnosis

  • Peter Tyrer (a1)
Summary

The diagnosis of generalised anxiety disorder is a distraction of no value. It is highly unreliable, co-occurring with many other disorders of firmer diagnostic status, and has intrinsic connections to personality dysfunction. It is argued that classification would be heartily relieved to rid itself of this unnecessary appendage and for the symptom of anxiety to remain as a descriptive term only.

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Correspondence to Peter Tyrer (p.tyrer@imperial.ac.uk)
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Against the Stream: Generalised anxiety disorder (GAD) – a redundant diagnosis

  • Peter Tyrer (a1)
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