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Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Substance Use

Article from Verywell Mind by Deborah R. Glasofer, PhD

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"While the exact mechanism by which an individual develops co-occurring generalized anxiety and substance use disorders remains unclear, self-medication is thought to play an important role. When an individual decides independently to use a substance to soothe or manage a particular symptom, it is referred to as “self-medicating.”

This article explains the relationship between generalized anxiety disorder and substance use. 

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Keywords

  • Addiction
  • anxiety
  • GAD
  • Substance Use
  • SUD