Assessment Procedures and Treatment Planning

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

A variety of clinical assessment methods aid clinicians with diagnosis and treatment planning. Comprehensive assessment extends beyond determining which GAD diagnostic criteria and associated symptoms are present. Clinicians also evaluate any comorbid psychological and medical conditions, interpersonal functioning and social support systems, and idiosyncratic cognitive and behavioral patterns. Assessment typically commences with a clinical interview, serving as a diagnostic assessment tool as well as a means for gathering additional information needed for treatment planning. This chapter begins with a discussion of diagnostic assessment procedures and a review of available clinician-administered diagnostic interviews. Selected self-report measures of important constructs believed to underlie GAD symptoms are presented next. Finally, this chapter concludes with a description of the treatment planning process, including specific guidelines for incorporating assessment information into a...


Anxiety Disorder Diagnostic Reliability Hamilton Anxiety Rate Scale Excessive Worry Worry Topic 
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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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