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Anxiety In Health Behaviors And Physical Illness


Part of the Series In Anxiety and Related Disorders book series (SARD)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XI
  2. Health Behaviors and Anxiety Disorders

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Michael J. Zvolensky, Teresa Leyro, Amit Bernstein, Matthew T. Feldner, Andrew R. Yartz, Kimberly Babson et al.
      Pages 3-28
    3. Brigitte C. Sabourin, Sherry H. Stewart
      Pages 29-54
    4. Matthew T. Tull, David E. Baruch, Michelle S. Duplinsky, C. W. Lejuez
      Pages 55-79
    5. Jasper A. J. Smits, Angela C. Berry, Mark B. Powers, Tracy L. Greer, Michael W. Otto
      Pages 81-104
    6. Thomas W. Uhde, Bernadette M. Cortese
      Pages 105-127
  3. Physical Conditions and Anxiety Disorders

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 129-129
    2. Tanya Sala, Brian J. Cox, Jitender Sareen
      Pages 131-154
    3. Ellen W. Leen-Feldner, Laura E. Reardon, Chris Hayward, Rose C. Smith
      Pages 155-179
    4. Sandra T. Sigmon, Janell G. Schartel
      Pages 181-205
    5. Gordon J. G. Asmundson, Murray P. Abrams, Kelsey C. Collimore
      Pages 207-235
    6. Lisa S. Elwood, Bunmi O. Olatunji
      Pages 237-278
    7. Kamila S. White
      Pages 279-315
    8. O’Cleirigh Conall, Trevor A. Hart, Carolyn A. James
      Pages 317-340
    9. Norman B. Schmidt, Meghan E. Keough, Lora Rose Hunter, Ann P. Funk
      Pages 341-366
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 367-379

About this book


Anxiety in Health Behavior and Physical Illness

Edited by Michael J. Zvolensky, University of Vermont
Jasper A. J. Smits, Southern Methodist University

While the links between physical illness and depression have been well-documented and analyzed, little has been made of the data relating physical illness to anxiety—until now. Anxiety in Health Behavior and Physical Illness explores complex relationships between medical and anxiety pathology on the theoretical, research, and practical fronts. Over forty experts examine reciprocal roles of anxiety and medical illness as causal or exacerbating factors in each other’s onset and development, describe forms of anxiety typical to major disease entities, discuss common health behaviors as they impact anxiety, recast anxiety disorders as chronic illness, and identify patients for whom new forms of treatment may be warranted.

Among the topics covered:

  • Anxiety in the context of specific illness: heart disease, asthma, HIV/AIDS.
  • Self-medication across the anxiety disorders: alcohol, tobacco, illegal drugs.
  • Possible links between anxiety and insomnia.
  • The relationship between puberty and adolescent anxiety.
  • Anxiety, anxiety disorders, and the menstrual cycle.
  • Anxiety disorders and chronic pain.
  • Current and emerging treatments for anxiety disorders, from CBT to exercise-based interventions.

Anxiety in Health Behavior and Physical Illness is a comprehensive resource to be read not only by clinical psychologists, psychiatrists, and, other health professionals, but also by researchers and graduate students on the cutting edge of the field.


Intervention alcohol anxiety attention cardiovascular comorbidity drugs insomnia panic tobacco

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of VermontBurlingtonUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologySouthern Methodist UniversityDallasUSA

About the authors

Michael J. Zvolensky received his doctoral degree in clinical psychology from West Virginia University in 2001. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Vermont and Director of the Anxiety and Health Research Laboratory and Clinic. His work is funded through the National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institute of Mental Health, and Anxiety Disorder Association of America.

Jasper A. J. Smits received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin. As part of his research and clinical training, he completed a fellowship at Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Smits' research has been recognized by awards from the Anxiety Disorders Association of America as well as the Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology of the American Psychological Association. Dr. Smits joined the Department of Psychology at Southern Methodist University as an Assistant Professor in 2004, where he directs the Anxiety Research & Treatment Program.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Anxiety In Health Behaviors And Physical Illness
  • Editors Michael J. Zvolensky
    Jasper A. J. Smits
  • Series Title Series In Anxiety and Related Disorders
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2008
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science Behavioral Science and Psychology (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-387-74752-1
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4419-2570-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-0-387-74753-8
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XII, 380
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Clinical Psychology
    Health Psychology
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