The Prognosis of Anxiety Disorders

Although most patients with anxiety disorders improve with treatment, many need long-term follow-up. The primary care physician should decrease or discontinue medications after patients have been asymptomatic for six months but should vigorously reinstitute treatment at the first sign of relapse. Patients with GAD have been found to be symptomatic for 56 percent of their lives after the onset of symptoms. The risk of relapse in GAD is high up to 25 percent in the first month after...