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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Lavinia L. Myers, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This is an interesting new book reviewing the spectrum of anxiety disorders, with particular focus on pathophysiology and treatment.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a discussion of normal and pathological anxiety, as well as a detailed review of the major anxiety disorders. It includes a survey of current research, including animal models of anxiety, and discusses the usefulness and validity of this research for clinical practice. This is an important review of an area of great clinical interest. The book largely meets its overall objective.
Audience: This book is intended for psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, general practitioners, nurses, students, and others engaged in neuropsychiatric research, and will be useful for a more detailed review of the anxiety disorders. The authors are credible and knowledgeable in this field.
Features: The book contains numerous tables and charts throughout to illustrate the written material. These enhance the readability of the book. Each chapter lists numerous references, which are thorough and relevant.
Assessment: This is a thorough, useful book for practitioners and researchers as a comprehensive review of the current theories on etiology of anxiety disorders as well as the most recent research models. It also provides practical treatment guidelines in pharmacological, behavioral, and psychological modalities, citing evidence for the usefulness of each dicussed intervention. This book helps bring together the theoretical as well as practical aspects of understanding and treating anxiety disorders.