How is GAD treated?

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Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

The most effective treatment for someone who has a diagnosis of Generalised Anxiety DIsorder is psychological treatment known as cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT).

CBT for Generalised Anxiety Disorder involves learning to alter unhelpful thoughts, beliefs and behaviours that contribute to and maintain anxiety and worry, including reducing worry, relaxation training and problem solving training.

People who receive CBT generally maintain the benefits they receive from treatment over time and may reduce or eliminate medication usage.


Medication is sometimes prescribed but should only be taken under guidance from a medical practitioner.

Medication prescribed may include buspirone (an anxiolytic agent) and antidepressants from the tricyclic and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRIs) classes.

Benzodiazepines may reduce the worry and anxiety symptoms, but overuse may lead to dependence.

Last Updated : 23-Sep-2013