Anxiety Disorders: The Go-To Guide for Clients and Therapists (Go-To Guides for Mental Health)
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A comprehensive and accessible book on anxiety for clients and therapists alike.
Anxiety disorders are the number-one psychiatric problem in the United States, yet many clients who suffer from anxiety do not get effective counseling, and they often end therapy without successful amelioration of their symptoms. Carolyn Daitch, a seasoned therapist and award-winning author, has found that clients bene?t most when they are active participants in their therapy, and should be knowledgeable about anxiety disorders to facilitate this process. For the bene?t of both therapists and clients, she covers the ins and outs of the anxiety disorders―Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, Speci?c Phobias, Social Anxiety Disorder, and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder―and offers numerous case examples of those who have sought treatment for these disorders and learned to manage them. For each type of anxiety disorder, she details speci?c treatment options and techniques, explaining which are best suited to individual use, and which are better done in collaboration with a therapist. Engaging, comprehensive, and reassuring, this is an essential Go-To Guide.
constant, however—the bedrock of all approaches for treating anxious clients—and that is relaxation techniques. Early in the treatment process, I teach clients a variety of techniques for calming the physical revving up that comes with anxiety. By practicing the techniques on their own, outside our sessions, my clients become skilled in the relaxation techniques that work best for them and can use these techniques as needed. You will see these techniques pop up time and time again as part of the
hesitantly, “why don’t you come over here instead? I’ll make coffee. I really have missed seeing you.” Jan did go to Cynthia’s for coffee that day. She skipped the small talk and begged her friend to tell her what had been going on for the past six months. After a bit of coaxing, Cynthia explained. “Well, last September this crazy thing happened. I was standing in an aisle at the grocery store and suddenly I thought I was having a heart attack. At first, I just couldn’t catch my breath, which
(SPs) are intense, persistent fears of specific objects, situations, or things. Adults and adolescents with a phobia know that their fear is excessive and illogical, but that doesn’t subdue the intense alarm they experience when confronted with the phobic object or situation. Just the thought of the feared situation triggers agitation, and actual exposure to the feared object or situation usually induces extreme fear and, for some, even a panic attack (see Chapter 6 for a detailed description of
these days. Lilly’s Story Lilly made rapid progress in therapy. Although her specific phobia around making opening statements in court was distressing to her, the fact that her symptoms were more limited and less complex than Ben and Andrew’s made recovery less challenging. In addition to the desensitization and exposure therapy, Lilly took several other steps to fortify her recovery. She enrolled in a training program with the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, where her courtroom skills
are persistent, open, hardworking, have just a little bit of trust, and commit to your recovery, you will get better. In your hands right now, you hold an arsenal of guidance, interventions, and treatment possibilities. I have complete confidence that there is a combination of treatment options within these pages that you and your therapist can adapt to work for you. With these interventions in hand, you can move out of the anxiety trap into a more empowered, successful, and joyful life. Let’s