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I have been diagnosed with GAD and secondary agoraphobia. Does GAD involve having weird, obsessional thoughts? Also, have you heard of Wellbutrin in treating GAD? Does depression cause lack of concentration and focus or anxiety? I cannot seem to get anything done in university.

Answered by: Franklin Schneier

Generalized anxiety disorder is characterized by excessive worry and/or nervousness across a variety of areas. The worries may seem obsessional in some instances. Most people would think that the worries of a person with GAD are excessive or irrational, but usually not "weird". Wellbutrin is an established treatment for depression, but it has not been well studied for GAD. Other medications, such as serotonin reuptake inhibitors, have been shown effective for GAD. Trouble with concentration can have several possible causes, including depression and anxiety. Furthermore, depression and anxiety often occur together, and they often can be treated together. If you are concerned that a treatment isn't working or that a diagnosis may not be correct, it makes sense to discuss this with your doctor and/or to seek a second opinion.