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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Michael Joel Schrift, D.O., M.A.(University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
Description: This is the second edition of an excellent, comprehensive, and authoritative textbook of anxiety disorders. Written and edited by internationally recognized experts in the field, this book represents the current state of knowledge in anxiety disorders, covering recent advances in treatment and understanding of these too prevalent disorders.
Purpose: The purpose of this edition is to update readers on the neuroscientific understanding and the latest pharmacological and psychosocial treatments.
Audience: The target audience is primarily psychiatrists in clinical practice. Psychiatry residents, graduate students in psychology, and primary care physicians would find this book invaluable.
Features: The 41 chapters are grouped into 10 parts. Part I lays the groundwork with important fundamental issues such as the history of anxiety disorders, neural circuits, temperament, the neuropsychology of anxiety, cognitive-behavioral concepts, psychodynamic concepts, evolutionary concepts, and combined treatment. Part II is a summary of the literature on the phenomenology, pathogenesis, pharmacotherapy, and psychotherapy of generalized anxiety disorder. In part III, subsyndromal mixed anxiety-depressive states are reviewed. Obsessive-compulsive disorder is thoroughly reviewed in Part IV with superb chapters on phenomenology, pathophysiology, pharmacotherapy, and psychological treatments, and an interesting chapter on obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders. Parts V, VI, VII, and VIII focus on panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, specific phobia, and post-traumatic stress disorder respectively. Part IX has very helpful chapters on anxiety in special populations, and part X covers social, cultural, and economic factors in anxiety disorders. The detailed index is quite useful for a book this size.
Assessment: This second edition is an outstanding update on the rapidly advancing understanding of anxiety disorders. Clinicians who treat patients for anxiety disorders should be aware of the information in this excellent book.