In this provocative volume, Ronald M. Rapee brings together leading researchers in the area of anxiety disorders to examine the most salient conceptual debates in the field. To provide readers with a uniquely balanced perspective on the issues, each author presents a theoretical position and responds to a critique from those with opposing views. With the strengths and limitations of each position laid out in this way, the book offers a comprehensive introduction to the broad range of topics in the anxiety disorders.
Topics covered include distinctions among the anxiety disorders, models of obsessive-compulsive disorder, models of panic disorder, and mechanisms of exposure therapy. Organized into three parts--Classification, Etiology, and Treatment, the volume presents such lively and informative debates as:
* Validity of the DSM-III-R and DSM-IV classification of anxiety disorders--Timothy A. Brown, Gavin Andrews, and Bruce F. Chorpita
* Emotion-theory and information-processing perspectives on panic disorder--Ronald M. Rapee, Martin M. Antony, and David H. Barlow
* Obsessive-compulsive disorder from anxierty, neurological, and schizotypal perspectives--Paul M. Salkovskis, Teresa M. Pigott, Karen R. Myers, David A. Williams, and Simon J. Enright
* Distinguishing anxiety sensitivity from trait anxiety--Richard J. McNally and Scott O. Lilienfeld
* The preparedness account of social phobia--Arne Ohman, Nigel W. Bond, and David A. T. Siddle
* Mechanisms of exposure therapy--Edna B. Foa, Richard J. McNally, and Lloyd Williams
Setting a course for future research and providing insights for clinical practice, this work will be welcomed by clinical psychologists, researchers, and graduate students in clinical psychology and psychiatry. It is also an ideal supplementary text for graduate courses in clinical psychology; in particular, for those focusing on psychopathology, anxiety/affective disorders, and research methodology and design.
"I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and was particularly impressed by the quality of the chapters and the format of chapters around issues plus commentaries. It is a thought-provoking and engaging book that is relevant for all those involved in anxiety, particularly theoreticians and researchers." --Anne Richards, Lecturer in Psychology, Birkbeck College, University of London, British Journal of Clinical Psychology ..".fascinating.. Reading this book is like attending a debate. The views of each proponent are well laid out. ...this is a scholarly and informative volume that is fascinating to read and particularly useful to those interested in the theoretical underpinnings of anxiety disorders." -- David L. Dunner, M.D. Seattle, WA. American Journal of Psychiatry "In this provocative and interesting edited volume, Rapee has brought together a series of chapters by an international group of some of the world's leading anxiety disorder researchers. Two different perspectives on each of the chosen topics are presented, and then the authors form each perspective have written commentaries on the chapter from the other perspective. This somewhat unusual format for an edited volume works extremely well because it helps to underscore the current status of some of the most controversial topics in the study of anxiety disorders in the 1990s. The topics and controversies range from ones on classification, to ones on more basic research on etiology, as well as to mechanisms underlying the effectiveness of behavioral treatments for anxiety disorders. Reading this volume is a must for anyone working on anxiety today!" --Susan Mineka, Ph.D., Northwestern University "Science advances by clear presentation, discussion and investigation of controversy. Sadly, edited books rarely highlight controversies. Rapee and his distinguished collaborators are therefore to be congratulated for their determined and successful attempt to describe and debate some of the major current controversies in the study of anxiety disorders. Readers will find much to agree and disagree with this volume. They will also find the process of deciding between contrasting views a stimulating, thought provoking and intellectually enhancing exercise." --David M. Clark, D. Phil., University of Oxford, Warneford Hospital, Dept of Psychiatry