Anxiety Disorders

  • Deborah C. Beidel
  • William T. Nay


Anxiety disorders are the second most common group of psychiatric disorders (after substance abuse), with a 12-month prevalence rate of approximately 17% in the general adult population (Kessler et al., 1994). Complaints of anxiety are common in general practitioners’ offices as well as in mental health clinics (e.g., Marsland, Wood, & Mayo, 1976; Weiller, Bisserbe, Maier, & Lecrubier, 1998). In addition, anxiety is often a component of other psychiatric disorders, such as affective disorders (Barlow, DiNardo, Vermilyea, Vermilyea, & Blanchard, 1986; Breier, Charney, & Heninger, 1984; Brown, Campbell, Lehman, Grisham, & Mancill, 2001; Dealy, Ishiki, Avery, Wilson, & Dunner, 1981; Lesser et al., 1988; Uhde et al., 1985; Van Valkenberg, Akiskal, Puzantian, & Rosenthal, 1984) and substance abuse disorders (Kushner, Sher, & Beitman, 1990; Verheul et al., 2000). Furthermore, anxiety is often only one facet of a more pervasive condition, including personality disorders (American Psychiatric Association [APA], 1994). Given anxiety’s ubiquitous nature, it is likely that most clinicians will encounter patients seeking treatment for these disorders.


Anxiety Disorder Social Anxiety Generalize Anxiety Disorder Personality Disorder Social Phobia 


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  • Deborah C. Beidel
    • 1
  • William T. Nay
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of MarylandCollege ParkUSA

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