Psychological Treatment of Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Melisa Robichaud and Michel J. Dugas

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

Psychological Treatment of Generalized Anxiety Disorder


This chapter reviews the leading psychological treatments being conducted for generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). First, a detailed review is provided about early therapeutic interventions, which largely comprised various cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) strategies designed to address the generalized experience of anxiety in GAD. In addition, the chapter discusses the difficulties that GAD as a disorder has posed in terms of treatment, such as shifting diagnostic criteria. Finally, both current psychological treatments and future directions are presented, placed within the framework of the theoretical models of excessive worry from which they were derived.

Keywords: anxiety; cognitive behavioral therapy; generalized anxiety disorder; psychological treatment; worry

Article.  8328 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Clinical Psychology

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