Strategies for Treatment of Generalized Anxiety in the Primary Care Setting




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Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is a highly prevalent condition whose course of illness is often chronic in nature and fluctuating in severity. Pharmacotherapy options include the benzodiazepines, the azapirones, of which only buspirone is marketed at the present time, and the antidepressant imipramine. Buspirone is probably the treatment of choice when prolonged therapy is indicated because it does not produce physical dependence, dose not interact with alcohol, and does not cause psychomotor impairment. Dosing instructions for buspirone and guidelines for switching patients from benzodiazepines to buspirone are offered. Non-drug therapies such as interpersonal and cognitive therapies are often also found helpful in treating patients with GAD.

J Clin Psychiatry 1997;58(suppl 3):27–31