Transdiagnostic Behavioral Therapy for Anxiety and Depression in Schools

  • Brian C. ChuEmail author
  • Alyssa Johns
  • Lauren Hoffman


Anxiety and unipolar depression are among the most common disorders affecting children and adolescents (Costello, Egger, & Angold, 2005). Anxiety disorders, such as generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), social phobia (SOP), separation anxiety disorder (SAD), and panic disorder (PD), are associated with cognitive, physiological, and emotional distresses and confer significant impairment across home, school, and social domains (Roblek & Piacentini, 2005). As a group, anxiety disorders affect between 6 and 18 % of youth (Woodward & Fergusson, 2001) and can contribute to significant and lasting impairment in social adjustment, academic functioning, and family relationships (Langley, Bergman, McCracken, & Piacentini, 2004; Ludwig, Lyon, & Ryan, Chap.  3). Major depressive disorder (MDD) can be diagnosed in as many as 20 % of teens in any given year (Lewinsohn, Hops, Roberts, Seeley, & Andrews, 1993), and its acute episodes (with intensive depressive symptoms lasting nearly every day for at least 2 weeks) are likely to be recurrent and associated with significant long-term outcomes (Lewinsohn, Clarke, Seeley, & Rohde, 1994; Sander, Herren, & Bishop, Chap.  5).


Major Depressive Disorder Anxiety Disorder Generalize Anxiety Disorder Major Depressive Disorder Panic Disorder 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Clinical PsychologyGraduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, Rutgers UniversityPiscatawayUSA
  2. 2.Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, Rutgers, The State University of New JerseyPiscatawayUSA

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