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Anxiety disorders are amongst the most common of all mental health problems. Research in this field has exploded over recent years, yielding a wealth of new information in domains ranging from neurobiology to cultural anthropology to evidence-based treatment of specific disorders. This book offers a variety of perspectives on new developments and important controversies relevant to the theory, research, and clinical treatment of this class of disorders. Clinicians will find reviews of state-of-the-art treatments for panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder, as well as controversies over diagnostic and treatment issues. Researchers will find in-depth consideration of important selected topics, including genetics, neuroimaging, animal models, contemporary psychoanalytic theory, and the impact of stressors. This book illustrates the enormous advances that have occurred in anxiety research and describes the evolving multi-disciplinary efforts that will shape the future of the field.

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‘It is uncommon to read a good book on anxiety disorders. This one, however, is unusually fine. Anxiety Disorders: Theory, Research and Clinical Perspectives is highly descriptive and clinically useful. It is well researched and a pleasure to read … It is written in a compelling style, which is a benefit to the student, clinician, or educated layman. The references are excellent and the index is helpful. This is a good book for any clinician interested in anxiety. It covers theory, diagnoses, treatment, and future directions … I highly recommend it.’

James Allen Wilcox Source: Annals of Clinical Psychiatry

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Contents


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  • 9 - Co-occurring anxiety and depression: concepts, significance, and treatment implications
    pp 90-102
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    Summary

    This introductory chapter presents an overview of concepts covered in the following chapters of the book. It represents a selective review of the work undertaken over the last three decades to advance our understanding of anxiety and anxiety disorders. Research has transformed how we treat anxiety disorders: evidence-based practices have been developed and are being disseminated not only to mental health settings but also to primary care practices. Cognitive-behavioral approaches reign among psychotherapies, and the FDA has approved several classes of medication for the treatment of anxiety disorders. The focus has shifted away from identifying a treatment that can beat a placebo or usual care to developing better and novel treatments for those who do not fully respond to first-line treatments. Increasingly, these novel treatments are based on sophisticated theories of the mechanisms underlying the symptoms.