The Chronically Anxious Patient

  • Jerry L. Deffenbacher
  • Richard M. Suinn


Anxiety, tension, and stress are significant and pervasive problems in our society, so much so that the twentieth century has sometimes been called the Age of Anxiety. The magnitude of anxiety-related problems is reflected by the fact that Valium and Librium are two of the most frequently prescribed drugs in this country. The major focus of this chapter will be on the chronically anxious patient, the patient who experiences an extreme degree and amount of anxiety. Although the chronically anxious patient will be our primary focus, we will also discuss briefly stress-disease relationships in other patients.


Trait Anxiety Coping Skill Test Anxiety Anxious Patient Anxiety Arousal 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jerry L. Deffenbacher
    • 1
  • Richard M. Suinn
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyColorado State UniversityFort CollinsUSA

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