Description: This book succinctly reviews current clinical thought in psychiatry regarding anxiety disorders.
Purpose: The purpose is to serve as a practical, clinical guide to understanding and treating anxiety disorders. The author articulates quite clearly that the goal is to offer more depth than compact clinical guides without overloading the reader with comprehensive textbook-like detail. These objectives are worthy given that such a need exists. However, similar to other books of this scope, readers get the impression at times that they have merely scratched the surface. Fortunately, reference citations abound and serve as a guide to further, in-depth study.
Audience: The author intends to reach psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, mental health workers, primary care physicians, and residents. The content may be somewhat underwhelming for clinicians with years of experience. However, the author does a credible job providing a well written review on the current state of affairs in our understanding of anxiety disorders.
Features: The book is divided into specific diagnostic categories such as panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, etc. Each chapter systematically reviews the clinical features of the disorder, its relationship to other conditions, assessment, epidemiology, course and prognosis, etiology and pathogenesis, and treatment modalities. The review of clinical features is perhaps the book's strongest suit. The discussions on psychotropic medications prove more useful than those on psychotherapeutic measures. In the latter case, one is better served reading materials solely devoted to psychotherapy techniques.
Assessment: The book has enough clinically relevant material and is written clearly enough that I will reference it in the future.