Overview and Introduction to Anxiety Disorders

Martin M. Antony, Anita Federici and Murray B. Stein

in Oxford Handbook of Anxiety and Related Disorders

Published in print September 2008 | ISBN: 9780195307030
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Overview and Introduction to Anxiety Disorders

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This chapter provides an overview of the Oxford Handbook of Anxiety and Related Disorders, and an introduction to the nature and treatment of anxiety and related disorders. With 51 chapters, this handbook covers a wide range of topics related to anxiety disorders, including phenomenology, etiology, assessment, and treatment. Key features of panic attacks and of each of the major anxiety disorders (e.g., panic disorder and agoraphobia, social phobia, specific phobia, generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and posttraumatic stress disorder) are reviewed. Etiological factors such as genetics, biological processes, learning, information processing, cultural factors, and personality are considered. The chapter concludes with a review of effective treatments (e.g., pharmacotherapy, psychological interventions, and combined approaches).

Keywords: anxiety disorders; etiology; treatment

Article.  9146 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Clinical Psychology

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