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From The CriticsReviewer: Jeffrey S. Ross, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This multiauthored book on the integrative treatment of anxiety disorders is based on the literature review done for an anxiety symposium presented by the same authors.
Purpose: The purpose is to review the treatment of the various anxiety disorders, with emphasis on integration of pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy, especially cognitive-behavioral therapy. It is hoped that such an integrative approach to treatment will improve response time—a worthy goal in this era of managed care and medical cost control. The individual chapters largely succeed in addressing this integrative approach.
Audience: The book targets the audience of mental health clinicians who have a large anxiety disorder patient population. The psychiatrist who currently favors only one treatment modality may find the book particularly useful and enlightening. The authors seem to be credible authorities, and they present up-to-date treatment information, much of which is available from one of the many excellent general textbooks published, although these other texts lack the emphasis on integrative treatment.
Features: The book has very few illustrations, other than outlines of DSM-IV criteria and an occasional table of medication comparisons. The text is easy to read and flows well with pertinent references noted. Both the table of contents and index are well constructed and thorough. Some of the case studies are particularly well conceived and serve to introduce a discussion on integrative treatment.
Assessment: This is a useful book for the mental health clinician, especially the psychiatrist, who treats a significant anxiety disorder population but feels limited by one treatment approach. The book presents each anxiety disorder from a comprehensive perspective, which facilitates a faster treatment response. The information, although current, is nothing revolutionary, and is duplicated in other general psychiatry textbooks. However, its emphasis on integrative treatment does make this a worthwhile purchase in this era of increased accountability for a quick positive medical outcome.