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Clinical Handbook of Fear and Anxiety: Maintenance Processes and Treatment Mechanisms

by Jon Abramowitz and Shannon M. Blakey American Psychological Association
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The Clinical Handbook of Fear and Anxiety is a comprehensive guide to the understanding and treatment of clinical anxiety and related disorders. As the editors demonstrate, the clear delineations implied by DSM and ICD diagnoses are illusory when it comes to real-life clinical anxiety. This is because symptoms are shared among different diagnoses, meaning that the same patient can be diagnosed in a variety of ways - leading clinicians to recommend different treatments that can have radically different outcomes.  


This volume therefore offers a shift in perspective. Chapters in Part I highlight the key psychological processes (e.g., intolerance of uncertainty, threat overestimation) that maintain clinical anxiety. Then in Part II, contributors examine empirically supported mechanisms of change (e.g., exposure, cognitive restructuring, acceptance) that are effective across a range of anxiety presentations and are found in a variety of effective treatments.  


The editors' transdiagnostic approach helps clinicians connect theory with the practical realities of mental health treatment.



I. Maintenance Processes

Introduction to Part I: Why Psychological Maintenance Processes?
Shannon M. Blakey and Jonathan S. Abramowitz
1.Overestimation of Threat
Jonathan S. Abramowitz and Shannon M. Blakey
2.Safety Behaviors
Michael J. Telch and Eric D. Zaizar
3.Intolerance of Uncertainty
Ryan J. Jacoby
4.Anxiety Sensitivity
Steven Taylor
5.Disgust Sensitivity
Peter J. de Jong and Charmaine Borg
6.Distress Intolerance
Caitlin A. Stamatis, Stephanie E. Hudiburgh, and Kiara R. Timpano
7.Experiential Avoidance
Sarah A. Hayes-Skelton and Elizabeth H. Eustis
8.Worry and Rumination
Thane M. Erickson, Michelle G. Newman, and Jamie L. Tingey
Ariella P. Lenton-Brym and Martin M. Antony
Adrian Wells and Lora Capobianco
11.Autobiographical Memory Bias
Mia Romano, Ruofan Ma, Morris Moscovitch, and David A. Moscovitch
12.Attention Bias
Omer Azriel and Yair Bar-Haim
13.Interpersonal Processes
Jonathan S. Abramowitz and Donald H. Baucom

II. Treatment Mechanisms

Introduction to Part II: Why Mechanisms of Change?
Jonathan S. Abramowitz and Shannon M. Blakey
Jessica L. Maples-Keller and Sheila A. M. Rauch
15.Inhibitory Learning
Amy R. Sewart and Michelle G. Craske
16.Cognitive Change via Rational Discussion
Lillian Reuman, Jennifer L. Buchholz, Shannon M. Blakey, and Jonathan S. Abramowitz
17.Behavioral Activation
Matt R. Judah, Jennifer Dahne, Rachel Hershenberg, and Daniel F. Gros
18.Mindfulness and Acceptance
Clarissa W. Ong, Brooke M. Smith, Michael E. Levin, and Michael P. Twohig
19.Pharmacological Enhancement of Extinction Learning
Valérie La Buissonnière-Ariza, Sophie C. Schneider, and Eric A. Storch
20.Interpretation Bias Modification
Courtney Beard and Andrew D. Peckham


About the Editors

Jonathan S. Abramowitz, PhD, is a professor of psychology and psychiatry, and director of the Anxiety and Stress Disorders Clinic at the University of North Carolina. An internationally recognized expert on obsessive-compulsive disorder and anxiety, he has published more than 300 research articles, books, and book chapters.  Dr. Abramowitz is a past president of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies and editor-in-chief of the Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders. He also maintains a practice in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.  Dr. Abramowitz's contributions to the field have been recognized with numerous awards.  


Shannon M. Blakey, PhD, is a postdoctoral clinical research fellow at the Veterans Affairs (VA) Mid-Atlantic Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center and Durham VA Health Care System.  She conducts research on psychological processes involved in the maintenance and treatment of anxiety and related disorders. She also investigates ways to enhance treatments for anxiety and co-occurring problems such as depression and substance use disorder.  Dr. Blakey has published more than 50 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and has been selected for multiple awards by organizations such as the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies and the Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology.