Mindfulness and Acceptance-Based Treatments for Anxiety Disorders

Lizabeth Roemer, Shannon M. Erisman and Susan M. Orsillo

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

Mindfulness and Acceptance-Based Treatments for Anxiety Disorders

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This chapter provides an overview of mindfulness and acceptance-based approaches to treating anxiety and anxiety disorders. A description of these therapeutic approaches is provided, followed by a conceptual/empirically based rationale for applying these approaches to psychotherapy for anxiety. Emphasized are the potential role of (1) cultivating expanded, present-moment focus rather than narrowed, future focus; (2) targeting avoidance of and reactivity to internal experiences; (3) facilitating emotional skills and regulation; and (4) promoting mindful, intended action and approach behavior in the successful treatment of anxiety disorders. This is followed by a review of open trial and randomized controlled trials, as well as experimental and case studies, of mindfulness-and acceptance-based treatments for anxiety disorders. Directions for future research conclude the chapter.

Keywords: acceptance; anxiety; anxiety disorders; mindfulness; psychotherapy; treatment

Article.  7369 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Clinical Psychology

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