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Synopsis of causation: generalised anxiety disorder

This document contains a synopsis of causation occurring in generalised anxiety disorder.


This document provides information on generalised anxiety disorder. It has been compiled by medical practitioners and validated by external consultants within a relevant field. However, it is not intended as a comprehensive compendium of the literature on the specific condition.

This synopsis of causation was authored by Dr Maureen McVicar, Ninewells Hospital and Medical School, Dundee and Dr Sam Wilson, School of Medicine, University of Aberdeen. and validated by Dr Michael Farrell, National Addiction Centre, Institute of Psychiatry, London.