One of the hallmarks of generalized anxiety disorder, along with diffuse pathological worry and somatic complaints, is its resistance to therapy. Of available treatment modalities for GAD, cognitive-behavioral therapy garners the best empirical support in terms of successful long-term results. Psychological Approaches to Generalized Anxiety Disorder offers clinicians a wide variety of CBT strategies to help clients develop core anxiety-reduction skills, presented so that readers can hone their own clinical skills.
Concise without skimping on information, this book reviews current theory and research, addresses important diagnostic issues, and provides salient details in these key areas: Assessment procedures and treatment planning; Latest therapy outcome data, including findings on newer therapies; Specific CBT techniques, including cognitive strategies, psychoeducation, anxiety monitoring, relaxation exercises, and more; Dealing with noncompliance, client ambivalence, and other challenges to therapy; Special considerations for treating older adults with GAD; Relapse prevention, transition issues, and ending treatment.
Psychological Approaches to Generalized Anxiety Disorder has much information of interest to new and seasoned clinicians, clinical researchers, and academic psychologists. It is also an especially valuable reference for graduate students treating or studying the anxiety spectrum.
Meet Megan - a young girl who has an anxiety disorder. Megan invites readers to learn about anxiety from her perspective, helping them to understand why she sometimes feels anxious and how this affects her thoughts, feelings and behaviours. Megan talks about techniques she has learnt to help manage her anxiety, and how people around her can help. With illustrations throughout, this will be an ideal way to explore anxiety difficulties. It shows family, friends and teachers how they can support someone who experiences anxiety and will be an excellent way to start a conversation about anxiety, in the classroom or at home. The 'Can I tell you about...?' series offers simple introductions to a range of limiting conditions and other issues that affect our lives. Friendly characters invite readers to learn about their experiences, the challenges they face, and how they would like to be helped and supported. These books serve as excellent starting points for family and classroom discussions.
Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT), initiated in 2008, has made psychological therapy more accessible to those in need. This series of self-help titles is the first to be created specifically for low-intensity IAPT and all titles follow an evidence-based cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) approach which is the treatment of choice for depression and anxiety disorders. All titles are written by authors with considerable experience in the field of CBT self-help research, training and clinical practice.This book is the perfect resource for helping you to beat worry or Generalised Anxiety Disorder, either by yourself or in conjunction with the support of an IAPT service. The book is written in a friendly, engaging (and jargon-free!) style and encourages interactive reading through tables, illustrations and worksheets. Real-life case studies illustrate the use of each intervention and demonstrate how you can work through your anxiety. The book teaches you effective CBT techniques for managing your worry more effectively and releasing tension through Progressive Muscle Relaxation.
About the Author
Paul Farrand is an Associate Professor and Director of Post-Graduate Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner (PWPs) clinical training programmes within Clinical Education, Development and Research (CEDAR) at the University of Exeter. He is involved in various Department of Health education, training and accreditation committees and chairs related committees within the British Psychological Society (BPS) and BABCP.
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