Anxiety Disorders Comorbid with Depression: Social Anxiety Disorder, Post-Traumatiac Stress Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Anxiety Disorders Comorbid with Depression: Social Anxiety Disorder, Post-Traumatiac Stress Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Anxiety Disorders Comorbid with Depression: Social Anxiety Disorder, Post-Traumatiac Stress Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Anxiety Disorders Comorbid with Depression: Social Anxiety Disorder, Post-Traumatiac Stress Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Synopsis

In clinical practice, patients with comorbidity of mood and anxiety disorders are arguably the norm. This volume, part of a series on anxiety disorders and depression, focuses on social anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorders. The text emphasizes how these disorders correlate in the patient, so mental health professionals can recognize them and assign a proper course of treatment. Conceptual issues confront the clinician who evaluates such patients, and these volumes help the reader navigate those issues. Concise and easy-to-read, the Anxiety Disorders Comorbid with Depression series presents a practical approach to the management and treatment of patients with comorbid mood and anxiety disorders.

Excerpt

Comorbidity is sometimes seen as a rather dry concept, and one that exists only because our diagnostic systems in psychiatry remain rather awkward. In this book we argue that comorbidity is a key tool for understanding the mood and anxiety disorders. Depression and the anxiety disorders are among the most prevalent and costly of the psychiatric disorders, and it is crucial to advance our understanding of their psychobiology and treatment.

In the first chapter of this volume, we explain why comorbidity is so important a conceptual tool. In the second chapter, we consider diagnostic overlaps and distinctions in depression and anxiety disorders, and review the epidemiology of their comorbidity. The third chapter of the volume focuses on the psychobiology of depression and anxiety disorders, and a final chapter focuses on treatment.

This volume will focus in particular on social anxiety disorder (social phobia), post-traumatic stress disorder, generalized anxiety disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder. (We have used the term 'social anxiety disorder' rather than 'social phobia' in view of a growing consensus that the former label more accurately reflects the pervasive and impairing symptoms of this condition.) A companion volume by Professor Nutt and colleagues focuses on the comorbidity of depression and panic disorder.

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