Panic Disorder Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Social Phobia Hypochondriasis and Anorexia Nervosa
1. Many psychiatric disorders present with marked anxiety, and the diagnosis of GAD should be made only if the anxiety is unrelated to the other disorders.
2. For example, GAD should not be diagnosed in panic disorder if the patient has excessive anxiety about having a panic attack, or if an anorexic patient has anxiety about weight gain.
C. Anxiety Disorder Due to a General Medical Condition. Hyperthyroidism, cardiac arrhythmias, pulmonary embolism, congestive heart failure, and hypoglycemia, may produce significant anxiety and should be ruled out as clinically indicated.
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