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How do other illnesses affect generalized anxiety disorder?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) sometimes develops simultaneously with other mental health illnesses, such as depression. This may influence the type of treatment used for GAD, because doctors also have to appropriately treat the other conditions that co-occur. GAD can also be caused by concern over an illness or condition; heart disease and menopause have both been identified as factors that can cause chronic worry.

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