Dr. Roxanne Dryden-Edwards is an adult, child, and adolescent psychiatrist. She is a former Chair of the Committee on Developmental Disabilities for the American Psychiatric Association, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, and Medical Director of the National Center for Children and Families in Bethesda, Maryland.
Melissa Conrad Stöppler, MD, is a U.S. board-certified Anatomic Pathologist with subspecialty training in the fields of Experimental and Molecular Pathology. Dr. Stöppler's educational background includes a BA with Highest Distinction from the University of Virginia and an MD from the University of North Carolina. She completed residency training in Anatomic Pathology at Georgetown University followed by subspecialty fellowship training in molecular diagnostics and experimental pathology.
Just as inhibited temperament, parental anxiety, and family and friends supporting avoidant coping mechanisms are risk factors for developing an anxiety disorder, encouraging the use of healthier ways to deal with stress can be of great help in the prevention of anxiety. Educating parents on how anxiety fits into their understanding of childhood development and the role of overprotecting parents in developing anxiety disorders have been found to help prevent anxiety disorders in children. Maintaining a regular exercise program can be key to minimizing and perhaps preventing anxiety.
What is the prognosis of generalized anxiety disorder?
Generalized anxiety disorder can be quite chronic, in that the average length
of time the illness lasts is 20 years if untreated. It can significantly
interfere with the lives of individuals who have it and usually requires
treatment for it to resolve. Therefore, people with generalized anxiety disorder
are usually thought to need treatment for at least a year to prevent its
Are there support groups for those with generalized anxiety disorder?
The following are examples of support groups for anxiety disorders:
Inc. (Agoraphobics Building Independent Lives)
(Agoraphobics in Motion) firstname.lastname@example.org
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