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Anxiety Diagnosis Guide

Is it Generalized Anxiety Disorder or Something Else?


Updated January 21, 2009

It can be difficult to differentiate between certain psychiatric disorders and diagnoses. Therefore, this page will help you navigate through the diagnostic criteria for generalized anxiety disorder, and how to differentiate between GAD and other common disorders.

GAD Diagnosis

To begin your understanding, read Generalized Anxiety Disorder Diagnosis, which covers the main symptoms and diagnostic criteria for GAD.

GAD vs. Depression

Many people with GAD also struggle with depression, and sometimes people with depression experience anxiety. Read the Difference Between GAD and Depression to get a better understanding.

GAD vs Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder that can seem similar to GAD, but has several key differences. Read the Difference Between GAD and OCD here.

GAD vs. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is another anxiety disorder that can feel similar to GAD, especially if there are major troubling events in the person’s past. Get a more complete understanding by reading the Difference Between GAD and PTSD.

GAD vs Adjustment Disorder

Adjusting to new situations or conditions in life can often be quite anxiety provoking and stressful. Due to this, people sometimes believe they have an anxiety disorder when in fact they have adjustment disorder. Find the details in the Difference Between GAD and Adjustment Disorder.

GAD vs Social Phobia

People can often get confused between GAD and social phobia (social anxiety disorder), particularly when there is significant anxiety in social situations. Read the Difference Between GAD and Social Phobia to learn more.

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