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Letters to the Editor

WATCHERS: Recognizing Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Mark J. Berber

Published: November 30, 2000

Article Abstract

Letter to the Editor


The recent article by Davidson et al. raises awarenessof generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), one of the most commonlydiagnosed psychiatric illnesses in the United States, withan estimated life prevalence of 5.1%. To improve recognition ofGAD, I have introduced the mnemonic WATCHERS, whichdescribes the core symptoms of this condition as given in theDiagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, FourthEdition.

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