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The Sydney Handbook of Anxiety Disorders: A Guide to the Symptoms, Causes and Treatments of Anxiety Disorders

The University of Sydney

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ISBN 10: 0994214529 / ISBN 13: 9780994214522
Published by The University of Sydney, 2015
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Title: The Sydney Handbook of Anxiety Disorders: A ...

Publisher: The University of Sydney

Publication Date: 2015

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: New

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Anxiety disorders are common psychiatric conditions with a devastating effect on quality of life that is often underestimated. Unfortunately, anxiety is as misunderstood among patients and health practitioners as it is common. While more than 14 percent of Australians exhibit symptoms of anxiety disorders, only half seek treatment. Of great concern is the fact that 40 percent of those who do seek treatment receive misguided advice.

Despite this alarming news, there is hope. The Australian mental health community, particularly the faculty of the University of Sydney, is rallying around anxiety research and clinical treatment. The Sydney Handbook of Anxiety Disorders presents the latest and most comprehensive information on the diagnosis and treatment of anxiety.

This guide clearly lays out a biopsychosocial model for understanding anxiety that involves biological activity of the brain, psychological theories on attachment, conditioning, cognition and recognition of social triggers. New and traditional psychological and pharmacological treatment options are meticulously analysed in simple language, while case studies give real-life examples of diagnosis and treatment plans.

The Sydney Handbook of Anxiety Disorders shares the experience and expertise of the best medical doctors and mental health specialists in Australia. The result is a must-read manual for anxiety sufferers and those who treat them.

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When it comes to anxiety disorders, Australians are struggling. More than 14 percent of Australians exhibit symptoms of debilitating anxiety. Anxiety is now more common than depression, but its symptoms, diagnosis, and treatments are less widely understood. The Sydney Handbook of Anxiety Disorders fills a significant knowledge gap with the latest information about anxiety, compiled by top researchers and clinicians at the University of Sydney.  

Rather than focusing on a single facet of anxiety, this guide presents a comprehensive biopsychosocial model to diagnosis and treatment that includes brain activity, psychological theory and cognitive behavioural therapy, and various pharmacological treatment options. Written in clear language, respectful of Australia’s multicultural society, and filled with personal case studies and real-life anecdotes, it’s designed to educate both patients and health practitioners. 

Anxiety disorders aren’t going away. It’s time to recognise and understand this growing mental health crisis.

Table of Contents:

Part I: What is Anxiety

Part II: Physiology of the Normal Stress Response

Part III: Genetics and Gene-Environment Interaction

Part IV: Developmental Antecedents of Anxiety

Part V: Neurobiology of Anxiety Disorders

Part VI: Cognitive Theory

Part VII: Assessment of Anxiety Disorders

Part VIII: Behaviour Therapy

Part IX: Cognitive Therapy

Part X: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Part XI: Pharmacotherapy

Part XII: Review and Putting It All Together


"This new book from the University of Sydney Medical School, prepared by clinicians and researchers of international repute, provides a valuable and practical guide to anxiety disorders for busy doctors in general practice and community care. It is a commendable publication. It does not pretend to have the encyclopaedic qualities of major texts on cognitive behavioural therapeutics, but in an integrated fashion contains the essence that is of value to a busy practitioner. The book is worthy of consideration by anyone treating patients with these disorders - particularly GPs, who deal with patients with anxiety disorders every day. It would also be of value for undergraduate medical and nursing students and others with an interest in clinical health practice." -- Professor John W.G. Tiller, Medicine Today

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