Anxiety

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Psychology Press, 2004 - Psychology - 211 pages
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This textbook discusses anxiety - a pervasive and significant negative effect that is a central feature of many psychological problems, including those that were frequently called "neuroses". Anxiety is an intriguing and complex phenomenon that lends itself to cognitive analyses. It involves the interplay of vigilance, attention, perception, reasoning and memory, the very meat of cognitive processing.

Research on anxiety has accelerated, specialized clinics for dealing with anxiety disorders have been introduced and self-help groups established in many parts of the world. This growth is justified because anxiety is one of the most prominent and pervasive emotions, and large numbers of people are distressed by inappropriate or excessive anxiety.

 

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Contents

Defining anxiety
3
Fear anxiety and avoidance
12
Varieties of fear
19
Summary
26
Anxiety attention perception and memory
37
Anxiety and memory
47
Emotional processing
53
Theories of anxiety
61
Neoconditioning theory
89
Panic and anxiety
95
Agoraphobia
123
Obsessions and compulsions
129
Social anxiety
147
Generalized anxiety disorder GAD
161
Posttraumatic stress disorder PTSD
169
Appendix
181

Cognitive analyses of anxiety
67
Biological theories of anxiety
73
Specific phobias and the conditioning theory of fear
79
Author index
201
Subject index
207
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Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada
American Psychological Association - Distinguished Scientific Contribution 1984

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