Academic journal article The Israel Journal of Psychiatry and Related Sciences

Generalized Anxiety Disorder across the Lifespan - an Integrative Approach

Academic journal article The Israel Journal of Psychiatry and Related Sciences

Generalized Anxiety Disorder across the Lifespan - an Integrative Approach

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Generalized Anxiety Disorder Across the Lifespan - An Integrative Approach Michael E. Portman Springer, 2009, Hardcover, pp. 182. ISBN 978-0-387-89242-9

Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is a mental disorder characterized by excessive worry and anxiety that is difficult for the person to control. GAD causes significant disruption in the patient's Ufe. Approximately 3% of people may develop the disorder during any given year, and up to 5% of people will suffer from GAD at some point in their lives.

Michael Portman's book on GAD is written for practicing clinicians, psychologists, social workers, researchers and even interested laymen. In a concise, but comprehensive form, the author reviews the major theories regarding GAD, as well as providing a comprehensive and balanced overview of the most recent research on the subject. In addition we are presented with a description of the main strategies and methodologies for treating this disabling and under-recognized condition.

The author, Michael Portman, DPhil, LISW-S, avails us with his extensive clinical experience, gained from his work as a clinical social worker and his private practice specializing in anxiety disorders, and his widely ranging knowledge of both the professional and empirical literature pertaining to the understanding and treatment of GAD and its definition as a separate disorder. …

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