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D.S. Baldwin, B.E. Leonard. Anxiety disorders
Anxiety disorders are not uncommon and are often take a prolonged course, with other forms of mental disorders such as personal distress, impair everyday function, lower quality of life and carry a considerable economic burden. This publication provides an update on the origins and the causes of anxiety disorders and their related symptoms including major depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, substance misuse, and with physical illness and many anxiety disorders are associated with an increased risk of self harm. It is hard not to regard anxiety disorders as a significant public health problem which requires the attention of health professionals and health policy makers.
Many individuals with recongnisable anxiety disorders do not present to health professional. Even when recognised as having an anxiety disorders, the standard of care received by many patients is less than ideal. Unfortunately, the effectiveness and acceptability of current pharmacological and psychological treatments in real world clinical practice is often disappointing.
Contributors to this book are drawn from participating centers with the Anxiety Disorders Research Network ( ADRN).
Each chapters provide updates on the nature and origin of anxiety and related symptoms and insights from genetic and neuroimaging research and from investigations of cardiovascular and immunological factors; subsequent chapters consider the early phases of anxiety disorders and the effects of prolonged illness before undergoing treatment; the later chapters provide succinct but comprehensive accounts of the evidence -based pharmacological treatment of generalised anxiety disorder, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder.
The topics covered in this publication will certainly make it essential reading for both novice and expert practitioners in psychiatric medicine, but its appeal should extend even further and include those researching the neuropsychobiology of anxiety or trying to improve our grasp of posttraumatic stress disorder or obsessive-compulsive disorder.