Classification of Anxiety Disorders

  • David V. Sheehan
  • Kathy E. Sheehan


The aim of classification is to organize phenomena in a systematic way into groups where the members of each group have common features. In psychiatric classification, the symptoms, signs, etiology, natural history, family history, and response to treatment should be similar within each disorder and would differ between disorders. A good classification should enhance prediction of other clinical features, complications and response to treatment. This reduction of many phenomena to a few categories has heuristic merit in providing an e- conomy of memory to clinicians and researchers and in enhancing their ability to anticipate, manipulate and treat the disorder effectively.


Anxiety Disorder Social Phobia Phobic Disorder Spontaneous Attack Research Diagnostic Criterion 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  • David V. Sheehan
    • 1
  • Kathy E. Sheehan
    • 2
  1. 1.Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA
  2. 2.Institute of Health ProfessionsMassachusetts General HospitalBostonUSA

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