WATCHERS: Recognizing Generalized Anxiety Disorder
J Clin Psychiatry 2000;61(6):447 [letter]
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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