Current Controversies in the Anxiety Disorders / Edition 1

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In this provocative volume, Ronald M. Rapee brings together leading researchers in the area of anxiety disorders to examine the most salient conceptual debates in the field. To provide readers with a uniquely balanced perspective on the issues, each author presents a theoretical position and responds to a critique from those with opposing views. With the strengths and limitations of each position laid out in this way, the book offers a comprehensive introduction to a broad range of topics in the anxiety disorders.

Discusses mechanisms of exposure therapy/the preparedness account of social phobia/models of panic disorder/etc.

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Editorial Reviews

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"I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and was particularly impressed by the quality of the chapters and the format of chapters around issues plus commentaries. It is a thought-provoking and engaging book that is relevant for all those involved in anxiety, particularly theoreticians and researchers." --Anne Richards, Lecturer in Psychology, Birkbeck College, University of London, British Journal of Clinical Psychology

"...fascinating.. Reading this book is like attending a debate. The views of each proponent are well laid out. ...this is a scholarly and informative volume that is fascinating to read and particularly useful to those interested in the theoretical underpinnings of anxiety disorders." -- David L. Dunner, M.D. Seattle, WA. American Journal of Psychiatry

"In this provocative and interesting edited volume, Rapee has brought together a series of chapters by an international group of some of the world's leading anxiety disorder researchers. Two different perspectives on each of the chosen topics are presented, and then the authors form each perspective have written commentaries on the chapter from the other perspective. This somewhat unusual format for an edited volume works extremely well because it helps to underscore the current status of some of the most controversial topics in the study of anxiety disorders in the 1990s. The topics and controversies range from ones on classification, to ones on more basic research on etiology, as well as to mechanisms underlying the effectiveness of behavioral treatments for anxiety disorders. Reading this volume is a must for anyone working on anxiety today!" --Susan Mineka, Ph.D., Northwestern University

"Science advances by clear presentation, discussion and investigation of controversy. Sadly, edited books rarely highlight controversies. Rapee and his distinguished collaborators are therefore to be congratulated for their determined and successful attempt to describe and debate some of the major current controversies in the study of anxiety disorders. Readers will find much to agree and disagree with this volume. They will also find the process of deciding between contrasting views a stimulating, thought provoking and intellectually enhancing exercise." --David M. Clark, D. Phil., University of Oxford, Warneford Hospital, Dept of Psychiatry

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781572300231
  • Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/28/1995
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 388
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.19 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Ronald M. Rapee, Ph.D., is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Behavioural Sciences, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia and is Co-Coordinator of the clinical training program. Prior to his current position, he was Assistant Director of the Phobia and Anxiety Disorders Clinic at SUNY-Albany. He has published more than 80 papers and book chapters and four books, mostly in the area of anxiety and anxiety disorders, and has presented numerous conference papers and workshops on stress and anxiety. Dr. Rapee is a member of the Generalized Anxiety Disorder subcommittee for the DSM-IV. His current research interests are primarily in the areas of social fears, basic models of anxiety, and children's anxiety. Dr. Rapee has received an Early Career Award from the Australian Psychological Society and is on a number of journal editorial boards. He is a member of the Australian Psychological Society and maintains a private practice.
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Table of Contents

I. Classification
1. Comorbidity in Neurotic Disorders: The Similarities Are More Important than the Difference, Gavin Andrews
2. Validity of the DSM-III-R and DSM-IV Classification Systems for Anxiety Disorders, Timothy A. Brown
Reply to Brown. It Is the Same Penny: We See the Head and They See the Tail, Gavin Andrews
Reply to Andrews. On the Validity and Comorbidity of the DSM-III-R and DSM-IV Anxiety Disorders, Timothy A. Brown and Bruce F. Chorpita
II. Etiology
3. Emotion Theory as a Framework for Explaining Panic Attacks and Panic Disorder, Martin M. Antony and David H. Barlow
4. Information-Processing Views of Panic Disorder, Ronald M. Rapee
Reply to Rapee. Information-Processing and Emotion Theory Views of Panic Disorder: Overlapping and Distinct Features, Martin M. Antony and David H. Barlow
Reply to Antony and Barlow. Panic Disorder and Psychological Dimensions, Ronald M. Rapee
5. Cognitive-Behavioral Approaches to the Understanding of Obsessional Problems, Paul M. Salkovskis
6. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: A Neuropsychiatric Perspective, Teresa M. Pigott, Karen R. Myers, and David A. Williams
7. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: Anxiety Disorder or Schizotype?, Simon J. Enright
Reply to Pigott et al and to Enright. Understanding Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Is Not Improved by Redefining It as Something Else, Paul M. Salkovskis
Reply to Salkovskis and to Enright, Teresa M. Pigott, Karen R. Myers, and David A. Williams
Reply to Salkovskis and to Pigott et al, Simon J. Enright
8. Anxiety Sensitivity Is Distinguishable from Trait Anxiety, Richard J. McNally
9. Anxiety Sensitivity Is Not Distinct from Trait Anxiety, Scott O. Lilienfeld
Reply to Lilienfeld, Richard J. McNally
Reply to McNally, Scott O. Lilienfeld
10. Preferential Preattentive Processing of Threat in Anxiety: Preparedness and Attentional Biases, Arne O(umlaut)hman
11. The Preparedness Account of Social Phobia: Some Data and Alternative Explanations, Nigel W. Bond and David A. T. Siddle
Reply to Bond and Siddle. Outcome and Mechanisms in the Evolution of Phobias: Surprise, Latent Inhibition, and the Status of the Preparedness Hypothesis, Arne Öhman
Reply to Öhman, Nigel W. Bond and David A. T. Siddle
III. Treatment
12. Mechanisms of Change in Exposure Therapy, Edna B. Foa and Richard J. McNally
13. Therapeutic Changes in Phobic Behavior Are Mediated by Changes in Perceived Self-Efficacy, S. Lloyd Williams
Reply to Williams, Richard J. McNally and Edna B. Foa
Reply to Foa and McNally. Overcoming Phobia: Unconscious Bioinformational Deconditioning or Conscious Cognitive Reappraisal?, S. Lloyd Williams
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