Psychosocial Treatments for Adults with Generalized Anxiety Disorder

  • Michael E. Portman

We live in a pluralistic world, and GAD is a heterogeneous disorder (Hoehn-Saric, 2005). Given these realities, GAD sufferers, not unlike others who are challenged by vulnerable and often debilitating conditions, present a need by researchers and the clinicians who take care of them, to accommodate treatments to the individual sufferer’s clinical needs (Havens, 2004). In other words, the scope of therapy needs to be widened, whether it is cognitive in nature (Safran, 1998) or some other approach. A new publication by Hazlett-Stevens (2008) offers an excellent review and manual of various psychological approaches to GAD, and some of the most common stumbling blocks in the treatment of this population. Even though it is largely informed by CBT, it is a highly worthy addition to the literature for the clinician and advanced graduate student.

Messer (2002), a pioneer in the psychotherapy integration movement, has had a profound influence on this writer and the present publication. He...


Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Generalize Anxiety Disorder Social Anxiety Disorder Dialectical Behavior Therapy Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Treatment 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Cleveland Veterans AdministrationCase Western Reserve UniversityUSA

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