Treatment of Anxiety Disorders

  • Maysa M. Kaskas
  • Paige M. Ryan
  • Thompson E. DavisIII
Part of the Autism and Child Psychopathology Series book series (ACPS)


Anxiety is a normal emotional and behavioral response that occurs across development and serves an adaptive function. However, some individuals develop severe anxiety and fear that impairs daily functioning. This chapter discusses the nature of anxiety disorders, including causal and maintaining factors, and focuses on the components of treatment which are most supported by the evidence. In particular, this chapter highlights findings from the efforts to advance evidence-based practice (EBP) in psychology and empirically supported treatment (EST) research movements. Additional considerations are given to client variables which may impede treatment progress or affect the pace of treatment, such as level of functioning, comorbidity, low motivation, and developmental stage. Recommendations for treating anxiety disorders in children and adolescents are included.


Anxiety disorders Evidence-based practice Empirically supported treatment Cognitive behavioral therapy Children Adolescents 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Maysa M. Kaskas
    • 1
  • Paige M. Ryan
    • 1
  • Thompson E. DavisIII
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyLouisiana State UniversityBaton RougeUSA

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