This entry provides an overview of the various treatment options available to those diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). Psychotherapeutic and pharmacological interventions are the most predominantly used forms of treatment for individuals with GAD. As such, this entry focuses only on these forms of treatments. Alternative approaches to treating GAD exist (e.g., yoga, transcranial magnetic stimulation) but are not as widely studied. Within the psychotherapeutic interventions, traditional cognitive therapy is covered first, followed by newer developments within cognitive behavioral therapy (e.g., third-wave cognitive behavioral therapy), and then psychodynamic interventions are briefly discussed. Next, the major psychopharmacological intervention strategies are covered. Last, psychotherapeutic and psychopharmacological interventions are discussed in relation to each other.

Psychotherapeutic Interventions

Traditional Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Of the psychotherapeutic interventions available, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) ...

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