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Other Specified Anxiety Disorder Symptoms and Related DSM–5 Diagnosis





Other Specified Anxiety Disorder 300.09 (F41.8):

Information related to Other Specified Anxiety Disorder as well as the specific symptoms follow below. While some of these Other Specified Anxiety Disorder symptoms may be recognized by family, teachers, legal and medical professionals, and others, only properly trained mental health professionals (psychologists, psychiatrists, professional counselors etc.) can or should even attempt to make a mental health diagnosis.




A multitude of factors are considered in addition to the psychological symptoms in making a proper diagnosis, including medical and psychological testing considerations. This information is for information purposes only and should never replace the judgment and comprehensive assessment of a trained mental health clinician.

Other Specified Anxiety Disorder diagnostic criteria 300.09 (F41.8):

This category applies to presentations in which symptoms characteristic of an anxiety disorder that causes clinically significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning predominate but do not meet the full criteria for any of the disorders in the anxiety disorders diagnostic class. The other specified anxiety disorder category is used in situations in which the clinician chooses to communicate the specific reason that the presentation does not meet the criteria for any specific anxiety disorder. This is done by recording “other specified anxiety disorder” followed by the specific reason (e.g. “generalized anxiety not occurring more days than not”).

Examples of presentations that can be specified using the “other specified” designation include the following:

1. Limited-symptom attacks.
2. Generalized anxiety not occurring more days than not.
3. Khyal “wind attacks”:
4. Ataque de nerios (attack of nerves).

Diagnostic Information and Criterion for Anxiety Disorders adapted from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders Fifth Edition American Psychological Association by Paul Susic Ph.D. Licensed Psychologist



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