The non-pharmacological treatment for a patient with generalized anxiety disorder includes psychological interventions.  The psychotherapy intervention that is mainly used is known as cognitive behavioral therapy.  Numerous studies have found that cognitive-behavioral therapy significantly enhances functioning and quality of life (Heggie et al., 2018).  It has been shown in numerous studies to be equally successful as, or even more effective than, other types of psychological therapy or psychiatric drugs.  It is crucial to stress that improvements in cognitive behavioral therapy have been made due to clinical and research-based work (Heggie et al., 2018).  A wealth of scientific evidence supports it, demonstrating that the techniques used indeed result in change.  Cognitive behavioral therapy varies from many other types of psychiatric therapy in this way.

After studying Module 3: Lecture Materials & Resources, discuss the following:

Case Study Ms. JN is a 24-year-old law student who presents to an outpatient psychiatry clinic accompanied by her husband. She feels “worried about everything!” She is “stressed out” about her academic workload and upcoming exams. She feels fatigued and has difficulty concentrating on her assignments. She also complains of frequent headaches and associated neck muscle spasms, as well as difficulty falling asleep.The patient’s husband describes her as “a worrier. She’ll worry about me getting into an accident, losing my job, not making enough money—the list goes on and on.”

Ms. JN reports that she has always had some degree of anxiety, but previously found that it motivated her. Over the last year, her symptoms have become debilitating and beyond her control.

Questions: Remember to answer these questions from your textbooks and clinical guidelines to create your evidence-based treatment plan. At all times, explain your answers.

  1. Summarize the clinical case
  2. Formulate
  3. Create a list of the patient’s problems and prioritize them.
  4. Which pharmacological treatment would you prescribe? Include the rationale for this treatment.
  5. Which non-pharmacological treatment would you prescribe? Include the rationale for this treatment.
  6. Include an assessment of treatment’s appropriateness, cost, effectiveness, safety, and potential for patient adherence.

Submission Instructions:

  • Your initial post should be at least 500 words, formatted, and cited in current APA style with support from at least 2 academic sources.

Requirements: 500 words

Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Generalized Anxiety Disorder


  • Carlat, D. J. (2017).
    • Chapter 25
  • Tusaie, K. R., & Fitzpatrick, J. J. (2016).
    • Chapter 9

  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder Clinical Practice Guideline Links to an external site.
    Heggie, D., Henschen, G.M., Parrott, L.A., & Shorter, M. (2018). Magellan’s clinical practice guideline for the assessment and treatment of Generalized Anxiety Disorder in adults.…