Living with Anxiety Disorders

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Anxiety disorders are the most common psychiatric illnesses in the United States, affecting as many as 40 million Americans over the age of 18 and many more children and adolescents, according to the Anxiety Disorders Association of America. These disorders may develop from a combination of risk factors, including genetics, brain chemistry, personality, and life events. With medication and therapy, anxiety disorders can be successfully treated and managed. Living with Anxiety Disorders explains these illnesses ...
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Overview

Anxiety disorders are the most common psychiatric illnesses in the United States, affecting as many as 40 million Americans over the age of 18 and many more children and adolescents, according to the Anxiety Disorders Association of America. These disorders may develop from a combination of risk factors, including genetics, brain chemistry, personality, and life events. With medication and therapy, anxiety disorders can be successfully treated and managed. Living with Anxiety Disorders explains these illnesses and provides teens with the information they need to understand them. The book addresses how to recognize anxiety disorders, obtain a diagnosis, recover from the condition, pay for care, and how to help yourself, friends, or family members who may have an anxiety disorder. Lists of suggested reading and resources guide readers' further research. This accessible book is the ideal one-stop guide for those living with an anxiety disorder, whether in themselves or a loved one.

About the Author:
Allen R. Miller, Ph.D., is the director of WellSpan Behavioral Health Services of Southcentral Pennsylvania and is a member of the American Psychological Association

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up- Although written for teens with these conditions, these titles will have more general appeal due to chapters titled "When Someone You Love Has Cancer" and "Helping Others Cope with Anxiety." Cancer begins with a comprehensive discussion of the disease, including the many different types, treatment possibilities, and risk factors. Subsequent chapters discuss the types of cancer most common in teens, how to deal with the emotional and physical aspects of diagnosis and treatment, and what to expect during radiation and chemotherapy treatments. Controversial topics, such as the pros and cons of genetic testing for the presence of known "cancer" genes and how to pay for treatment, are discussed. Anxiety Disorders begins by identifying the difference between these conditions and normal fear. It stresses the importance of getting a professional evaluation and outlines various types of treatments, including psychotherapy and medication. Attention is also given to stress-management techniques such as breathing and visualization exercises. The explanation of all of the various types of qualified professionals and practitioners is useful, as is a detailed list of possible drug treatments and how they work. The recent concern linking certain drugs used for depression with suicide is addressed. Material in both titles is presented in a straightforward manner, with chapters concluding with a "What You Need to Know" summary. Both volumes include an extensive appendix listing support groups and related information.-Ragan O'Malley, Saint Ann's School, Brooklyn, NY

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816063444
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/28/2007
  • Series: Teen's Guides Series
  • Pages: 208
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents


Fear v. Anxiety Disorder: What's the Difference?     1
Getting an Evaluation: Where to Turn     13
Treatment: Therapy and Pills     29
"Am I Just Shy?": Social Phobia     57
"I Just Can't Stop!": Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)     73
"The Memory Haunts Me!": Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)     91
"I Worry All the Time!": Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)     101
"I Think I'm Going to Die!": Anxiety to the Extreme-Panic Disorder     111
Black Cats and Broken Mirrors: Specific Phobias     121
Helping Others Cope with Anxiety     131
Paying for Care     139
Associations and Support Groups     145
Anxiety Screening Tools     169
Phobias Listed by Fear     171
Glossary     175
Read More About It     185
Index     195
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