• Kevin T. Larkin
Part of the Current Clinical Practice book series (CCP)

Given the significant documented prevalence of patients with diagnosable anxiety disorders who present to primary care medical clinics [1], physicians and other primary care practitioners frequently are called on to make recommendations regarding the effective treatment for these conditions. Health care professionals in this role have two general treatment approaches available to recommend: pharmacological approaches, which are discussed in Chapter 4, and psychotherapeutic approaches, which are discussed in this chapter. Because primary care practitioners receive significantly greater exposure to pharmacology and its clinical applications than psychotherapy during training, it is not surprising that they are much more confident in making pharmacological treatment recommendations than making recommendations for psychotherapy. However, recommending psychotherapy for treating anxiety disorders should not be overlooked, as numerous psychotherapeutic approaches have convincing therapeutic...


Anxiety Disorder Cognitive Behavior Therapy Primary Care Provider Exposure Therapy Exposure Phase 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kevin T. Larkin
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  1. 1.West Virginia UniversityMorgantownUSA

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