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Current Psychiatry Reports

, Volume 9, Issue 4, pp 284–290 | Cite as

Self-help interventions for anxiety disorders: An overview

  • Pim Cuijpers
  • Josien Schuurmans
Open Access
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Abstract

Anxiety disorders are highly prevalent and are associated with a marked impairment in quality of life and a huge economic cost to society. Unfortunately, a considerable number of people who struggle with anxiety do not seek or receive adequate treatment. Self-help interventions have been proposed to constitute a relatively cheap, effective, efficient, and low-threshold intervention for anxiety disorders. This paper offers a critical discussion of their advantages and disadvantages and the evidence for their effectiveness. We conclude that guided self-help can play a major role in mental health care for patients with anxiety disorders. However, several research questions need to be answered before broad-scale dissemination is possible. The Internet will continue to play a prominent role in the further development of this field of research and clinical practice.

Keywords

Anxiety Disorder 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Clinical PsychologyVrije Universiteit AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands

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