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In this blog post, Valant discusses the ICD-10 code for anxiety. The ICD-10 code for unspecified anxiety disorder is F41.9.

It is important to note, however, that there are a number of anxiety disorders indexed in ICD-10. The ICD-10 code for generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), for example, is F41.1,. ICD-10 diagnostic codes enable clinicians to submit more specific and accurate diagnoses in charts.

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Symptom Criteria for Unspecified Anxiety Disorder – (Anxiety ICD 10)

Before a clinician can assign ICD-10 code F41.9, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders requires patients to meet at least three of the following six criteria:

  • Feeling easily fatigued
  • Feelings of restlessness or being on edge
  • Irritability
  • Mind goes blank or has difficulty concentrating
  • Muscle tension
  • Sleep disturbances

Unspecified anxiety disorder produces fear that makes it difficult for the patient to think clearly, get a restful night’s sleep, or function in at least some capacities of everyday life. While the exact cause of unspecified anxiety disorder remains unknown, the following are among some of the most common reasons people develop clinical anxiety:

  • Chemical imbalance in the brain
  • Drug or alcohol abuse, including prescription drugs
  • Family history of unspecified anxiety disorder
  • Ongoing stress
  • Previous or current trauma

Want to learn more about ICD-10 codes? Check out our information on other specific codes, such as ICD-10 Code for Generalized Anxiety Disorder – F41.1, ICD-10 Codes for Depression – F32.0–F33.3ICD-10 Code for Altered Mental Status, Unspecified – R41.82, and ICD-10 Code for Suicidal Ideation – R45.851.

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