Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is a chronic, disabling, often lifelong condition affecting millions worldwide. This title offers a practical knowledge base for GAD, identifying the symptoms that set it apart both from 'normal, everyday' anxiety and from other anxiety-based pathologies, and reviewing the range of established treatments.
Generalized anxiety disorder is a chronic, disabling, often lifelong condition affecting millions worldwide. Yet, despite its prevalence, GAD is frequently marginalized, misdiagnosed, and undertreated. "Generalized Anxiety Disorder Across the Lifespan" creates a practical knowledge base for GAD, identifying the symptoms that set it apart both from 'normal, everyday' anxiety and from other anxiety-based pathologies, and thoroughly reviewing the range of established and cutting-edge treatments. The author's developmental approach sheds some light on longstanding clinical mysteries surrounding the disorder, among them the interplay of somatic and psychological symptoms and the changes in symptoms as patients age. Accessible to the novice or the veteran reader, the book grounds readers in the basics of GAD. It offers extensive discussion of the current psychosocial treatments for GAD. It examines the state of the art in pharmacological therapies with explanations of the genetic and neurobiological correlates. It explores special issues, cultural considerations, treatment resistant patients, and prevention.; It includes guidelines for treatment of GAD in children, adolescents, adults, and older adults. It features ready-to-use assessment tools for clients across the lifespan. "Generalized Anxiety Disorder Across the Lifespan" is a rich resource for clinicians, researchers, and graduate students looking to improve patients' quality of life - and the quality of their care. It is both a guide to current best practice and a springboard for future innovations.
Foreword by John H. Riskind. Preface.-1. Nature of Generalized Anxiety Disorder.-2. Assessment and Diagnosis. DSM-IV-TR: Diagnostic Criteria for Generalized Anxiety Disorder.-3. Conceptual Models. Beck's Model. Barlow's Emotion Theory. Cognitive Avoidance Theory of Worry. Riskind's Model of Looming Vulnerability. The Role of Intolerance of Uncertainty. Metacognitive Model.-4. Psychosocial Treatments for Adults with Generalized Anxiety Disorder. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Metacognitive Therapy. Supportive-Expressive Psychodynamic Therapy. Integrative Psychotherapy. Emotion Regulation Therapy. Acceptance-Based Behavior Therapy.-5. Pharmacotherapy for Generalized Anxiety Disorder. Genetics. Neurobiology. Medications used for Generalized Anxiety Disorder.-6. Special Populations. Children and Adolescents. Clinical Presentation. Assessment and Diagnosis. Psychosocial Treatments. Pharmacological Treatments. Older Adults. Clinical Presentation. Assessment and Diagnosis. Psychosocial Treatments. Pharmacological Treatments.-7. Enigmas and Paradoxes. Prevention. Cultural Considerations. Treatment Resistant Generalized Anxiety Disorder.-8. Future Directions and Recommendations.-Final Remarks.Appendix A: Assessment Tools for Adults and Older Adults. Appendix B: Assessment Tools for Children and Adolescents.