UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers are looking for participants for a nationwide study of an investigational medication for generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), a type of mental illness characterized by excessive and persistent worry about everyday events and activities.
More than 4 million Americans suffer from GAD, which often manifests itself as restlessness, fatigue, irritability, muscle tension, headaches, nausea, insomnia or poor concentration. People with GAD experience constant and extreme worry and tension, typically expecting the worst outcomes from routine events and activities and spending most of their time worrying.
"Generalized anxiety disorder is when people worry about the small things – daily activities that shouldnt cause that much stress or anxiety," said Dr. Madhukar Trivedi, professor of psychiatry, director of UT Southwesterns mood disorders research program and holder of the Lydia Bryant Test Professorship in Psychiatric Research. "Often this worry results in associated physical symptoms such as heart palpitations, ringing in the ears, hot flashes, tremors and difficulty falling asleep, as the mind starts racing a mile a minute as soon as the person hits the bed."
Donna Steph Hansard | EurekAlert!
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