The Sydney Handbook of Anxiety Disorders: A Guide to the Symptoms, Causes and Treatments of Anxiety Disorders

The Sydney Handbook of Anxiety Disorders: A Guide to the Symptoms, Causes and Treatments of Anxiety Disorders

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Overview

This book presents a comprehensive guide to anxiety disorders, a major mental health concern in Australia. It uniquely explores a biopsychosocial model adopted by the University of Sydney.


Anxiety disorders are common psychiatric conditions with a devastating effect on quality of life that is often underestimated. Unfortunately, anxiety is as misunderstood among patients and health practitioners as it is common. While more than 14 percent of Australians exhibit symptoms of anxiety disorders, only half seek treatment. Of great concern is the fact that 40 percent of those who do seek treatment receive misguided advice.


Despite this alarming news, there is hope. The Australian mental health community, particularly the faculty of the University of Sydney, is rallying around anxiety research and clinical treatment. The Sydney Handbook of Anxiety Disorders presents the latest and most comprehensive information on the diagnosis and treatment of anxiety.


This guide clearly lays out a biopsychosocial model for understanding anxiety that involves biological activity of the brain, psychological theories on attachment, conditioning, cognition and recognition of social triggers. New and traditional psychological and pharmacological treatment options are meticulously analysed in simple language, while case studies give real-life examples of diagnosis and treatment plans.


The Sydney Handbook of Anxiety Disorders shares the experience and expertise of the best medical doctors and mental health specialists in Australia. The result is a must-read manual for anxiety sufferers and those who treat them.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780994214508
Publisher: The University of Sydney
Publication date: 03/30/2015
Pages: 410
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.84(d)

About the Author

Phillip Boyce is Professor of Psychiatry and Head of Discipline of Psychiatry at the University of Sydney, and Head of Perinatal Psychiatry Clinical Research Unit at Westmead Hospital. He has published more than 170 articles and frequently contributes to psychiatric textbooks. He currently serves as associate editor of Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry. He served as president of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) from 2003 to 2005.


Anthony Harris is Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Clinical Director at the Brain Dynamics Centre, and co-chair of the Neuroscience and Mental Health Theme at the University of Sydney. He is also President of the Schizophrenia Fellowship of New South Wales, and serves on the board of the Schizophrenia Research Institute.


Juliette Drobny is a senior clinical psychologist and Lecturer at the University of Sydney. She served as head of Anxiety Treatment and Research Unit at Westmead Hospital, and coauthored The Shyness Program, a renowned and innovative internet-based treatment for social anxiety disorder. She runs educational workshops on anxiety and mood disorders for health professionals.


Lisa Lampe is Senior Lecturer at the University of Sydney and a featured expert on television and radio programs about anxiety. She contributed to the widely read anxiety disorder textbook, The Treatment of Anxiety Disorders: Clinician Guides and Patient Manuals. She co-created psychotherapy training modules for the RANZCP and chairs its examinations committee.


Vladan Starcevic is Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Sydney, and Head of Academic Department of Psychiatry at Nepean Hospital. He has written or contributed to more than 200 book chapters and journal articles and is the author or co-editor of several books on anxiety disorders and hypochondriasis/health anxiety. He serves on the panel for the World Federation of Societies of Biological Psychiatry Task Force on Treatment Guidelines for Anxiety, Obsessive-Compulsive and Posttraumatic Stress Disorders.


Richard Bryant is Director of Traumatic Stress Clinic at Brain Dynamics Centre at the University of Sydney and Scientia Professor at the University of New South Wales. He is an Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow. He has published more than 350 articles and been the recipient of multimillion-dollar research grants.

Table of Contents

FOREWORD by Professor Bruce Robinson;
PREFACE by Professor Philip Boyce;
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT;
CONTRIBUTORS;
PART I WHAT IS ANXIETY;
Chapter 1 The Nature of Anxiety;
Chapter 2 More about Anxiety;
Chapter 3 The Anxiety Disorders;
Chapter 4 Classification of Anxiety Disorders and Conceptual and Diagnostic Issues;
Chapter 5 How Common are the Anxiety Disorders;
Chapter 6 The Burden of Anxiety Disorders;
Part I Summary;
PART II PHYSIOLOGY OF THE NORMAL STRESS RESPONSE;
Chapter 7 Response of the Autonomic Nervous System to Stress;
Chapter 8 Panic and Hyperventilation;
Chapter 9 Response of the Hypothalamic Pituitary Adrenal Axis to Stress;
Part II Summary;
PART III GENETICS AND GENE-ENVIRONMENT INTERACTION;
Chapter 10 Genetic Epidemiology of Anxiety Disorders;
Chapter 11 Identification of Genetic Factors Contributing to Anxiety Disorders;
Chapter 12 Gene-Environment Interaction and Human Behaviour;
Part III Summary;
PART IV DEVELOPMENTAL ANTECEDENTS OF ANXIETY;
Chapter 13 Distinct Developmental Presentations;
Chapter 14 Development of Anxiety Disorders;
Chapter 15 Attachment Theory;
Part IV Summary;
PART V NEUROBIOLOGY OF ANXIETY DISORDERS;
Chapter 16 Fear Conditioning and Anxiety;
Chapter 17 Extinction and Fear Inhibition;
Chapter 18 Neural Circuitry of Anxiety;
Chapter 19 Neurochemistry and Anxiety;
Part V Summary;
PART VI COGNITIVE THEORY;
Chapter 20 Cognitive Models;
Chapter 21 Schemas;
Chapter 22 Specific Cognitive Distortions;
Chapter 23 Rumination and Worry;
Chapter 24 Other Important Cognitive Perpetuating Factors;
Part VI Summary;
PART VII ASSESSMENT OF ANXIETY DISORDERS;
Chapter 25 Assessment Interview;
Chapter 26 Medical Assessment Issues;
Chapter 27 Diagnosis and Differential Diagnosis;
Chapter 28 Substance Abuse and Anxiety;
Chapter 29 Assessment Tools;
Part VII Summary;
PART VIII BEHAVIOUR THERAPY;
Chapter 30 Principles of Behaviour Therapy;
Chapter 31 Imaginal Exposure;
Chapter 32 In Vivo Exposure;
Chapter 33 The Evidence Base for Exposure Therapy;
Part VIII Summary;
PART IX COGNITIVE THERAPY;
Chapter 34 Cognitive Model of Emotion;
Chapter 35 Cognitive Restructuring;
Chapter 36 Identifying Rumination and Worry;
Chapter 37 The Evidence Base for Cognitive Therapy;
Part IX Summary;
PART X COGNITIVE-BEHAVIOURAL THERAPY;
Chapter 38 Behavioural Experiments;
Chapter 39 Clinical Examples of Psychological Treatments;
Chapter 40 Evidence Base for Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy ;
Chapter 41 Web-Based Treatments for Anxiety: Availability and Evidence Base;
Part X Summary;
PART XI PHARMACOTHERAPY;
Chapter 42 How to Use Medications to Treat Anxiety Disorders;
Chapter 43 Medications that Work and How to Choose between Them;
Chapter 44 Benzodiazepines and Anxiety Disorders;
Chapter 45 Combining Medications and Cognitive-Behavioural Treatments;
Part XI Summary;
PART XII REVIEW AND PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER;
Chapter 46 Psychotherapy or Pharmacotherapy;
REFERENCES;
INDEX;
APPENDIX 1 RELATED COURSEWORK AT THE UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY;
APPENDIX 2 RELATED RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES AT THE UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY

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