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The current concept of anxiety: Implications from Darwin to the DSM-V for the diagnosis of generalized anxiety disorder

The current concept of anxiety: Implications from Darwin to the DSM-V for the diagnosis of generalized anxiety disorder

Coutinho, Fernanda Corrêa, Pereira Dias, Gisele ORCID: 0000-0001-7276-2010, Bevilaqua, Mário Cesar do Nascimento, Gardino, Patricia Franca, Rangé, Bernard Pimentel and Nardi, Antonio Egidio (2014) The current concept of anxiety: Implications from Darwin to the DSM-V for the diagnosis of generalized anxiety disorder. Expert Reviews in Neurotherapeutics, 10 (8). pp. 1307-1320. ISSN 1473-7175 (Print), 1744-8360 (Online) (doi:https://doi.org/10.1586/ern.10.101)

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Abstract

This article proposes a revision of the historical evolution of the concepts of generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). Currently, Darwin’s evolutionary theory is the hegemonic paradigm for modern science and influences research on mental disorders. Throughout the 20th Century, the editions of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM; American Psychiatric Association) have changed the diagnostic criteria for GAD, reflecting the prevailing psychiatric understanding of this disorder. The prevalence and symptoms of major depression and GAD show the fragility of the categorical conception of these conditions. Differences in cultural views towards anxiety disorders also suggest that anxiety cannot have a uniform definition. This article provides contributions for reflecting future guidelines concerning the diagnostic criteria for GAD in DSM-V.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: History, classification, anxiety disorders, generalized anxiety disorder, diagnostic criteria, overanxious disorder, future diagnostic
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Education & Health
Faculty of Education & Health > Department of Psychology, Social Work & Counselling
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2019 16:37
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/23930

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