Generalized Anxiety Disorder: Treatment Options for the Disadvantaged

Tory Robinson, Walden University


One of the biggest challenges for the mental health field and extensive public health community is expanding treatment options that are evidence-based for the treatment of generalized anxiety disorder. Anxiety disorders are the most pervasive class of mental health disorders, and they affect close to a third of adults living in the United States (Goetter et al., 2020). Globally, generalized anxiety disorder affects close to four percent of the population, to a greater degree more women than men (Ritchie & Roser, 2018). There are many treatment options available for treating the disorder, pharmacological and non-pharmacological means. However, impoverished and underprivileged individuals living in undeveloped nations encounter barriers in relation to accessibility, such as financial, shame, stigma, etc. This capstone project will highlight the different treatment options available for generalized anxiety disorder, emphasize the importance of understanding/helping indigent individuals’ struggles, and disseminate social change and positive psychology information for the possibility of global change.