Date of Award

Spring 2020

Degree Name

Other

Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies

Department

Physician Assistant; College of Health Sciences

First Advisor

Elizabeth Masten

Abstract

Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) involves dysregulation of worry for more than 6 months. Symptoms include fatigue, insomnia and irritability. Medications such as SSRIs may cause constipation, lower libido and cause withdrawal symptoms when discontinued. Alternative therapies like mindfulness meditation teach patients breath awareness and to redirect unwanted negative thoughts to positive ones. This paper examines the efficacy of mindfulness meditation treatment (I) for managing symptoms of anxiety (O) in adult patients with mild-moderate GAD (P) in comparison to stress management education (C).

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Mindfulness meditation as a treatment for Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)

Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) involves dysregulation of worry for more than 6 months. Symptoms include fatigue, insomnia and irritability. Medications such as SSRIs may cause constipation, lower libido and cause withdrawal symptoms when discontinued. Alternative therapies like mindfulness meditation teach patients breath awareness and to redirect unwanted negative thoughts to positive ones. This paper examines the efficacy of mindfulness meditation treatment (I) for managing symptoms of anxiety (O) in adult patients with mild-moderate GAD (P) in comparison to stress management education (C).

 
 

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