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In re: Delighted's message (Pharmaceuticals #284)

The disease was generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), a condition that, according to the reports, left sufferers paralyzed with irrational fears. Mental-health advocates called it "the forgotten illness." Print periodicals were awash in stories of young women plagued by worries over money and men. "Everything took 10 times more effort for me than it did for anyone else," one woman told the Chicago Tribune. "The thing about GAD is that worry can be a full-time job. So if you add that up with what I was doing, which was being a full-time achiever, I was exhausted, constantly exhausted."

Thanks again, D, for this huge pile of information, I'm still processing it.

I've been thinking about this for a while, and while not having a copy of DSM at hand, I do know a patient that won't leave her house except once a week, and has a lot of what is being popularized as GAD. Or old fashioned agoraphobia with anxiety and depression.

To quote a very old Charles Schulz "Peanuts" comic strip, when Lucy had her "Psychiatric Advice 5 cents booth" and Linus was her patient, after an involved interview, she said:

Lucy: "I think you have Pantophobia ".

Linus: "Well, what's that?"

(N.B., Linus Pt. Hx: Who got perfectly well carrying his blanket around without medication until they took it away from him.)

Lucy: "Oh, that's fear of everything."

Linus: "THAT's IT!


P.S.: More to follow.
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