Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety Disorders

by Bruce M. Hyman, Cherry Pedrick

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Millions of Americans—more than 16 percent of teens and adults—live with some type of anxiety disorder. Anxiety disorders are a group of disorders that include panic disorder, agoraphobia, general anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder, among others. Once viewed as "worrywarts," people with anxiety disorders


Millions of Americans—more than 16 percent of teens and adults—live with some type of anxiety disorder. Anxiety disorders are a group of disorders that include panic disorder, agoraphobia, general anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder, among others. Once viewed as "worrywarts," people with anxiety disorders are now taken seriously. According to recent studies quoted in USA TODAY, The Nation's No.1 Newspaper, anxiety disorders can lead to "higher blood pressure and heart rates, less effective immune systems, surges of stress hormones that strain the heart, more depression, and perhaps even shorter life spans."

In this book, you will read case studies of people living with anxiety disorders and how they handle their conditions. You'll learn about the causes, symptoms, and diagnosis of anxiety disorders and will discover coping strategies and treatments. These facts will give you the information you need to recognize and understand anxiety disorders and to reach out for help. Identifying anxiety disorders in yourself, a friend, or a family member is the first step toward effectively managing your condition.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Elizabeth Leis-Newman
Anxiety is "the brain's healthy fear response gone haywire," according to the authors of this intriguing health report. More than 16 percent of the U.S. teen or adult population has some type of anxiety disorder. By offering individual stories of teenagers and then correlating it to a specific type of disorder, readers will understand specific phobia (in this case, of bees), obsessive-compulsive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and acute stress disorder. Chapters also include rituals, trauma and worry, treatment options and stress management. By joining forces with USA Today, newspaper articles about a fear of flying and post-traumatic stress in veterans are interspersed with graphics and color pictures. Parents looking for a guide for an anxious adolescent will find there is more time spent on the practical, such as exercising and goal-setting, and what doesn't work, such as stress eating and shopping. However, readers should still be able to come away from this book and be able to identify the major types of anxiety disorders and the basic biology around the brain and anxious responses. Since all students will likely experience some type of anxiety during their time in high school, teachers should be encouraged to use this as a reference book or jumping off point to a lesson in a psychology or health classroom. It is part of the "USA Today Health Report: Disease and Disorders" series from Twenty-First Century Books. Reviewer: Elizabeth Leis-Newman
Children's Literature
This interesting book introduces some of the most common stress and anxiety disorders that affect young adults. Real life case studies are used to define the symptoms of various disorders and to help young readers realize that they are not alone. Chapter one discusses the most common disorders, such as panic disorder, social phobia, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Young people who have been diagnosed describe the symptoms that first made them feel that something was wrong. The book provides assurance to readers through its discussion of possible causes and its frequent reminder that help is available. Other disorders such as ritual practicing, trauma, and worry are defined and guidelines suggested for seeking help. Chapters 3 and 4 offer possible treatments, whether an individual should choose medication or therapy. Suggestions are provided for general anxiety management and encouragement on seeking help if one needs it. Chapter 5 uses the case study approach to assure young adults that they can learn to live with or conquer their fears and anxieties and go on to live successful lives. In our high stress culture, young people may not readily seek the help that they need. This excellent book provides a first step in recognizing behaviors in ourselves and others and in encouraging professional help for those who need it. A glossary, resources for professional help, further reading, and a bibliography are included. 2006, Twenty-First Century Books, Ages 10 up.
—Meredith Kiger, Ph.D.
VOYA - Laura Woodruff
This thirteen-book series is consistent in format, providing short personal vignettes at the beginning of each chapter and a thorough appendix that offers extra information useful to student researchers. Although lacking color photographs, the series provides quality information on diseases that students research. Influenza, written by a registered nurse, gives a basic introduction to the history, symptoms, and prevention of the flu that is perfect for student reports. The recent copyright means that information is current. For example, the 2004-2005 vaccination shortage is mentioned, as well as China's creation of a new type of SARS vaccination in 2006. There are a few photographs and illustrations, and one grayscale map is difficult to read. Anxiety Disorders has no illustrations or photographs besides the photo of a girl biting her nails. Other than this oversight, the book provides solid information on different kinds of anxiety disorders and how the disease is treated. It is the third series book to be co-written by the authors, and the text is very readable and clear. In the list of resources, popular Web sites and even a chat site are given. Other series books cover cancer, heart disease, STDs, and Tourette Syndrome, among other topics.

Product Details

Twenty-First Century Books (CT)
Publication date:
USA TODAY Health Reports: Diseases and Disorders Series
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)
1140L (what's this?)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

After twenty years working as a nurse in hospitals, Cherry ventured into the world of writing. Her experience as a registered nurse is reflected in her writing. She has had articles published in Woman's World, Journal of Christian Nursing, Teachers in Focus, Christian Educator's Journal, Journal of Christian Healing, New Heart, Mature Years, Church of God Evangel, The Gem, Cross & Quill, Writers' Exchange, At Ease Magazine, and Doll Collector's Price Guide. In 1997, Cherry wrote a continuing education home study course for nurses, published by National Center for Continuing Education. Her first book was published in 1999. She was a contributing editor for Suite101, an Internet portal, for a number of years. These Suite101 columns and her personal websites continue to help market her books. Cherry coauthored The OCD Workbook: Your Guide to Breaking Free from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder with Bruce M. Hyman, Ph.D. After selling over 53,000 copies, they published a second edition in 2005. The third edition will be published in 2010. Cherry has coauthored seven books. She is now being pulled back to her first passion: inspirational writing for adults and children.

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