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This textbook discusses anxiety - a pervasive and significant negative effect that is a central feature of many psychological problems, including those that were frequently called "neuroses". Anxiety is an intriguing and complex phenomenon that lends itself to cognitive analyses. It involves the interplay of vigilance, attention, perception, reasoning and memory, the very meat of cognitive processing.

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Overview

This textbook discusses anxiety - a pervasive and significant negative effect that is a central feature of many psychological problems, including those that were frequently called "neuroses". Anxiety is an intriguing and complex phenomenon that lends itself to cognitive analyses. It involves the interplay of vigilance, attention, perception, reasoning and memory, the very meat of cognitive processing.

Research on anxiety has accelerated, specialized clinics for dealing with anxiety disorders have been introduced and self-help groups established in many parts of the world. This growth is justified because anxiety is one of the most prominent and pervasive emotions, and large numbers of people are distressed by inappropriate or excessive anxiety.

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Editorial Reviews

Danielle Einstein
This contribution to Clinical Psychology: A Modular Course Series is a comprehensive review of the literature on anxiety and anxiety disorders. The book provides a detailed description of our current understanding of the origins, development, and experience of anxiety. The author provides a discussion of theoretical issues underpinning the different anxiety disorders including, panic, social anxiety, agoraphobia, obsessions, compulsions, and generalized anxiety. It is the first book to take a theoretical and phenomenological perspective rather than emphasizing the clinical treatment of disorders. The efficacy results produced from clinical trials are presented and treatment is described in these terms rather than through a practical description of techniques. This is an invaluable first and second step for the student of clinical psychology with a special interest in anxiety disorders. I would recommend it as a text for psychopathology courses focusing on anxiety and for those clinicians interested in specializing in the treatment of anxiety disorders. Readers require some background in psychology. The author is a leading researcher in the area of anxiety disorders. He has published extensively on the topics of fear, agoraphobia, specific phobia, and obsessive compulsive disorder. The book reviews predominant theories of the acquisition of anxiety, including conditioning and cognitive models, biological, and psychoanalytic explanations. The book provides a historical account of the development of these theories. It places in context the difference between fear, anxiety, and the anxiety disorders. Several chapters then specialize in explaining the phenomenology and major theorieswith supporting evidence for each anxiety disorder. This book provides an original and up-to-date summary of psychological research on anxiety. It will be particularly useful for clinical psychologists wishing to obtain a sound overview of the theoretical issues pertinent to our current methods of treatment for the anxiety disorders.
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Offers a concise overview of anxiety, for students of psychology, nursing, medicine, and social work. Contains chapters on the nature of anxiety, influences on anxiety, theories, phobias, and panic and anxiety. Other subjects are agoraphobia, obsessions and compulsions, social anxiety, and generalized anxiety disorder. Distributed by Taylor & Francis. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Reviewer: Danielle Einstein, BSc, MPsychol (University of Sydney)
Description: This contribution to Clinical Psychology: A Modular Course Series is a comprehensive review of the literature on anxiety and anxiety disorders. The book provides a detailed description of our current understanding of the origins, development, and experience of anxiety. The author provides a discussion of theoretical issues underpinning the different anxiety disorders including, panic, social anxiety, agoraphobia, obsessions, compulsions, and generalized anxiety.
Purpose: It is the first book to take a theoretical and phenomenological perspective rather than emphasizing the clinical treatment of disorders. The efficacy results produced from clinical trials are presented and treatment is described in these terms rather than through a practical description of techniques.
Audience: This is an invaluable first and second step for the student of clinical psychology with a special interest in anxiety disorders. I would recommend it as a text for psychopathology courses focusing on anxiety and for those clinicians interested in specializing in the treatment of anxiety disorders. Readers require some background in psychology. The author is a leading researcher in the area of anxiety disorders. He has published extensively on the topics of fear, agoraphobia, specific phobia, and obsessive compulsive disorder.
Features: The book reviews predominant theories of the acquisition of anxiety, including conditioning and cognitive models, biological, and psychoanalytic explanations. The book provides a historical account of the development of these theories. It places in context the difference between fear, anxiety, and the anxiety disorders. Several chapters then specialize in explaining the phenomenology and major theories with supporting evidence for each anxiety disorder.
Assessment: This book provides an original and up-to-date summary of psychological research on anxiety. It will be particularly useful for clinical psychologists wishing to obtain a sound overview of the theoretical issues pertinent to our current methods of treatment for the anxiety disorders.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780203490945
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/19/2004
  • Series: Clinical Psychology: A Modular Course Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 224
  • File size: 504 KB

Table of Contents

Preface. The Nature of Anxiety. Influences on Anxiety. Theories of Anxiety. Specific Phobias and the Conditioning Theory of Fear. Panic and Anxiety. Agoraphobia. Obsessions and Compulsions. Social Anxiety. Generalised Anxiety Disorder. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
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