Psychoeducation and Anxiety Monitoring

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

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) for GAD is based on the premise that clients have learned maladaptive patterns of perceiving and responding to their environments and therefore lack effective coping strategies. From this perspective, GAD clients are suffering from excessive worry and anxiety because they are prone to perceive threat and respond with avoidance and inaction rather than constructive behavior. After years of identifying potential threats and responding with worry, anxiety, and avoidance, these clients have developed habitual and automatic response patterns. Anxious thoughts, sensations, and behavior are rehearsed so often that these sequences eventually occur completely out of awareness.

The various CBT treatment components aim to interrupt this vicious cycle at different points. Cognitive restructuring strategies directly target inflated perceptions of threat and beliefs that the client would be unable to cope with feared situations or outcomes. Progressive relaxation...


Coping Strategy Anxiety Level Subjective Feeling Worry Episode Anxious Arousal 
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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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