GAD Treatment Research

  • Holly Hazlett-Stevens
Part of the Series in Anxiety and Related Disorders book series (SARD)

Of all the anxiety disorders, GAD is considered the most difficult to treat effectively (Brown, Barlow, & Liebowitz 1994). Early psychosocial interventions for anxiety disorders utilized exposure techniques, such as systematic desensitization for the treatment of phobic behavior. However, the phenomenology of GAD proved too diffuse for the application of early exposure-based treatments (Borkovec & Whisman 1996). Therefore, early GAD treatment research included anxiety management strategies targeting somatic anxiety symptoms. Relaxation training provided clients with new and effective coping responses for use whenever anxiety cues were detected. Indeed, relaxation training remains one of the standard components in cognitive-behavioral treatment for GAD today. Later GAD treatments incorporated cognitive therapy strategies targeting inflated perceptions of threat as well as imaginal exposure to internal and external anxiety cues for the purpose of coping rehearsal. Such...


Cognitive Therapy Relaxation Training Pill Placebo Imaginal Exposure Psychotherapy Outcome 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Holly Hazlett-Stevens
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  1. 1.Department of Psychology/298University of Nevada, RenoRenoUSA

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