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Via 100 entries, 21st Century Psychology: A Reference Handbook highlights the most important topics, issues, questions, and debates any student obtaining a degree in the field of psychology ought to have mastered for effectiveness in the 21st century. This two-volume reference resource, available both in print and online, provides an authoritative source to serve students’ research needs with more detailed information than encyclopedia entries but without the jargon, detail, or density found in a typical journal article or a research handbook chapter. Students will find chapters contained within these volumes useful as aids toward starting research for papers, presentations, or a senior thesis, assisting in deciding on areas for elective coursework or directions for graduate studies, or orienting themselves toward potential career directions in psychology.

Anxiety Disorders
Anxiety disorders

Anxiety disorders are highly prevalent in the general population and result in considerable suffering for millions of individuals. Consequently, much research has been conducted on the etiology, assessment, and treatment of anxiety disorders. Advances made within the field of anxiety disorders represent one of the great success stories within psychology over the last century. These advances demonstrate how empirical research and well-grounded theories can be used to inform clinical practice. For these reasons, anxiety disorders are of particular interest to students of psychology, especially those considering a career in clinical psychology.

Historical Overview

Although anxiety disorders were not officially recognized by the American Psychiatric Association until 1980, anxiety and fear have always played prominent roles in human history.

Civilizations have used chemical and herbal remedies ...

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