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Physical Therapy

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Laurie Walsh


According to the DSM V, Generalized Anxiety Disorder is characterized by excessive or unrealistic anxiety and worry about two or more aspects of life (e.g., work, social relationships, financial matters, etc.), often accompanied by symptoms such as palpitations, shortness of breath, or dizziness occurring “more days than not for at least 6 months”. Evidence indicates that many students struggle with anxiety in graduate school due to numerous factors such as increased workload, decreased sleep, and poor time management. The specific aim of this literature review is to examine the etiology and prevalence of Generalized Anxiety Disorder in graduate students who are earning their Doctorate of Physical Therapy (DPT) at Daemen College. Furthermore, the goal of this review is to explore a cost-effective and efficient standardized outcome measure for anxiety.