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Psychopharmacology and Psychiatry Updates

May 3, 2019

Today’s question is: How to approach a case of generalized anxiety disorder?

Here is a summary of this episode:

  • GAD is a disorder of chronic, excessive worrying. Ensure you have the correct diagnosis according to DSM-5.
  • For patients with bipolar depression, do not use an antidepressant. Instead, you may use hydroxyzine, pregabalin, or benzodiazepines.
  • The first-line treatments are SSRIs. Escitalopram and paroxetine are FDA-approved. Sertraline is also recommended as a possible first-line agent.