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Treatment of Anxiety Disorders

Edited by Dwight L. Evans, Edna B. Foa, Raquel E. Gur, Herbert Hendin, Charles P. O'Brien, Martin E.P. Seligman and B. Timothy Walsh

in Treating and Preventing Adolescent Mental Health Disorders

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print June 2005 | ISBN: 9780195173642
Published online August 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199951024 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/9780195173642.003.0011

Series: Adolescent Mental Health Initiative

 Treatment of Anxiety Disorders

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Concurrent with the emergence of a growing psychopathology literature, child and adolescent clinical psychology and psychiatry have moved away from nonspecific interventions toward problem-focused treatments keyed to specific diagnoses and, within diagnoses, targets. The past 40 years have seen the emergence of diverse, sophisticated, empirically supported, cognitivebehavioral and pharmacological therapies that cover the range of childhood-onset anxiety disorders). Before reviewing what is known about the treatment of anxiety disorders in adolescence, we first provide a brief overview of the history and rationale for cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), for pharmacotherapy, and for the combination of the two in the treatment of youth with anxiety disorders. Because of increasing emphasis in the field on evidence-based approaches, those interventions that have not been subjected to treatment outcome study by means of accepted research methodology, such as psychodynamic approaches, “play therapy,” and other approaches, are not reviewed in this chapter.

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Subjects: Psychiatry ; Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

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