This book is designed to serve as a core text for advanced and graduate students and researchers alike. Each chapter reviews the literature and current research related to its topic as well as providing suggestions for practice for psychoeducational, counseling, and therapy groups based on the review. Major topics in the field of groups are included: history, best practices, settings, groups across the lifespan, special topics, multicultural groups, as well as critical issues and emerging themes in group counseling and psychotherapy. Key features include: • Integration of current research and practice • Includes psychoeducational, counseling, and therapy groups for all topics New to this edition: 2-3 new chapters on cutting edge themes Thoroughly updated research more pedagogical elements (discussion questions, activities, resources, case examples, key terms, etc.) Reorganization based on reviews Test bank and powerpoints.
Chapter 30: Groups for Anxiety Disorders
Groups for Anxiety Disorders
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 ...