WATCHERS: Recognizing Generalized Anxiety Disorder

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Letter to the Editor


The recent article by Davidson et al. raises awareness of generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), one of the most commonly diagnosed psychiatric illnesses in the United States, with an estimated life prevalence of 5.1%. To improve recognition of GAD, I have introduced the mnemonic WATCHERS, which describes the core symptoms of this condition as given in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition.

J Clin Psychiatry 2000;61(6):447