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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Nicholas Greco IV, MS, BCETS, CATSM (Columbia College of Missouri)
Description: This book provides much needed structure and organization by proposing treatment guidelines for anxiety disorders in adults. It is the second volume in a series of clinical practice guidelines.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide mental health professionals with relevant information for the development of anxiety treatment programs. These guidelines are firmly established in empirical research, are practical, and emphasize evaluating and improving the quality of care. The book combines research with clinical practice, is a valuable contribution to the field, and meets the authors' objectives.
Audience: Intended mainly for mental health professionals, this book is a quick reference for the seasoned clinicians' treatment planning and serves as an invaluable educational tool for the young practitioner. The authors are highly credible in the field of mental health, both research and clinically astute, and are focused on improving the quality of life for anxious patients.
Features: This book opens with an excellent discussion of the current trend toward an evidence-based practice describing an eclectic, empirical model of therapy. Notably, the chapters on PTSD and social phobias are quite good; however, two prevailing weaknesses remain throughout. The first is the lack of thorough and detailed list of psychiatric scales available as the number of scales discussed within the book are incomplete. Secondly, while the author's state that they do not cover pharmacological treatment in great detail, some of the information provided is out dated. These weaknesses are minimal and detract only slightly from the overall utility of the book. The chapter on the standards for quality care gives a strong step-by-step guide for improving patient outcomes. The appendixes are helpful and are both a reference and starting point for further information. The index and tables are appropriately organized for quick reference. Case studies incorporate the applicability of the guidelines and provide readers with common clinical presentations, thus promoting implementation of the guidelines.
Assessment: The continued barrage of information surrounding mental illness is overwhelming for busy practitioners to keep up with. This book provides anxiety guidelines based upon the most frequently used and investigated approaches. These guidelines are adaptable and allow practitioners to design the most effective, appropriate, and individualized treatment plans for patients. In the same way that the first volume on depression is an unprecedented, highly valuable, and fitting contribution to the field of mental health, this second volume continues that tradition.