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Todd A. Smitherman

In: 21st Century Psychology: A Reference Handbook

Chapter 80: Anxiety Disorders

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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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