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By: Randi E. McCabe, Irena Milosevic & Peter J. Bieling

In: Handbook of Group Counseling & Psychotherapy

Chapter 30: Groups for Anxiety Disorders

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Groups for Anxiety Disorders
Groups for anxiety disorders
Randi E. McCabeIrena MilosevicPeter J. Bieling

Anxiety disorders are characterized by excessive anxiety, fear, and/or worry, and by the maladaptive strategies used to cope with these symptoms, such as avoidance and compulsive rituals (see Table 30.1 for features of individual disorders). As a group, they are the most commonly occurring mental disorders, with a lifetime prevalence estimate of 28.8% (Kessler et al., 2005). They are associated with high medical and loss of productivity costs (Marciniak, Lage, Landbloom, Dunayevich, & Bowman, 2004), impaired functioning (Stein et al., 2005), decreased quality of life (Olatunji, Cisler, & Tolin, 2007), and significant personal distress. Based on a 1990 estimate, the annual economic cost of anxiety disorders in the United States totaled to ...

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