This engagingly written survey covers the history of anxiety disorders and current approaches to their definition and treatment.
Collectively, anxiety disorders constitute the world's most common mental health problem. Written accounts of attempts to classify, diagnose, and treat these disorders date as far back as the Classical Greek period, and evidence of attempts to chemically and surgically manage anxiety and fear go back even farther, suggesting these disorders have challenged us throughout human history.
Anxiety disorders are significant mental health illnesses that impair lives and cost society millions of dollars in health care expenses and lost productivity. Greater awareness of anxiety disorders is essential for both the general public and health professionals if those who suffer from them are to be identified, receive proper treatment, and have a chance at leading fulfilling lives.
To that end, Anxiety begins with a historical overview of the ways in which anxiety disorders have been understood, from the prehistoric era until the present time, examining the disorders from the perspectives of conceptualization, classification, research, and treatment. Subsequent chapters examine these themes in light of our current understanding and approaches to anxiety disorders. Current diagnostic and assessment methods are discussed, as are modern treatment options. The book concludes with a survey of the future directions in research for the understanding and treatment of anxiety disorders.
• Numerous case studies, including studies of teenagers dealing with anxiety
• Illustrations of the limbic system, the locus ceruleus, neuron and synaptic cleft, and hypothalamic-adrenal axis
• A genogram illustrating family involvement
• Provides an introduction and overview of the history, study, and epidemiology of anxiety disorders
• Combines a historical overview of the conceptualization and treatment of anxiety disorders with a discussion of modern science, assessment, and treatment
• Covers phobias, generalized anxiety, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, agoraphobia and social anxiety, and posttraumatic stress disorder