In the last decade, tremendous progress has been made in understanding and addressing generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), a prevalent yet long-neglected syndrome associated with substantial functional impairment and reduced life satisfaction. This comprehensive, empirically based volume brings together leading authorities to review the breadth of current knowledge on the phenomenology, etiology, pathological mechanisms, diagnosis, and treatment of GAD. Provided are psychological and neurobiological models of the disorder that combine cutting-edge research and clinical expertise. Assessment strategies are detailed and promising intervention approaches described in depth, including cognitive-behavioral, interpersonal, psychodynamic, and pharmacological therapies. Also covered are special issues in the treatment of GAD in children, adolescents, and older adults.
"This book, written and edited by many of the leading lights in the anxiety disorders field, represents a cutting-edge look at this important disorder. Comprehensive in scope, it is a valuable resource for researchers in the area, trainees in graduate and residency training programs, and practitioners looking to integrate state-of-the-art knowledge in the service of improving care for their patients. - Mark H. Pollack, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School; Generalized anxiety disorder has, for a long time, been a diagnostic orphan. Given the substantial prevalence and health burden, it is important that the disorder becomes a fully integrated member of the anxiety family. Heimberg et al. go a long way toward bringing about this integration. Their book is comprehensive, critical, and scholarly, comprising contributions of the highest caliber. It is likely to be especially useful to the academic and research community of psychologists and psychiatrists, as well as clinical specialists in anxiety disorders and other professionals seeking to deepen their understanding of GAD. Also included are a number of helpful practical measures that can be implemented by consumers whose lives are affected by GAD. - Jonathan R. T. Davidson, Duke University Medical Center; This uncommonly useful volume incorporates the most up-to-date information about GAD from a variety of theoretical and treatment perspectives. It is extraordinarily timely and helpful in being one of the first books to specifically address this difficult-to-treat disorder. Provided in a clear format is a comprehensive overview of the disorder's epidemiology, clinical presentation, theory, and treatment. Likely to become a key reference work for researchers and clinicians at all levels of experience, the book is also a suitable text for advanced undergraduate- and graduate-level courses. John H. Riskind, George Mason University"