Classification and Boundaries Among Anxiety-Related Problems

Amy E. Lawrence and Timothy A. Brown

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

 Classification and Boundaries Among Anxiety-Related Problems

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This chapter examines issues related to the classification of anxiety and related disorders. The chapter reviews evidence of the reliability and validity of DSM-IV disorder categories, patterns of comorbidity, models of the relationships between disorders and higher-order personality variables, and evidence of shared genetic vulnerabilities for anxiety disorders. Future research directions, including the movement toward a dimensional classification system, are discussed.

Keywords: anxiety disorders; classification; comorbidity; differential diagnosis; emotional disorders; interview; reliability; validity

Article.  8414 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Clinical Psychology

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