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Anxiety Disorders

Psychological and Biological Perspectives

Authors: Shaw, Brian F.

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Anxiety is one of those entltles which everyone "knows", but which ultimately resists simple objective description. The essence of the phenomenon is its subjectivity. True it has its well documented associated physiological events: the increased pulse rate and blood pressure, sweating, and so on, but each of these phenomena may also be part of physical exertion, fear, or even pleasurable excitement. They cannot fully define the sense of threat, danger, collapse, malignancy in greater or smaller amount, in greater or lesser locali­ sation, with more or less objective evidence for its validity that characterises the particular psychological pain we all recognize as anxiety. It is precisely the essential subjectivity of anxiety and its association with an enormous range of experience that makes it difficult to assign to it well-defined diagnostic labels of the kinds so carefully described by Dr. Spitzer in his chapter on classification. His chapter ranges from the extreme dread of "Panic Disorders", to the diffuse terror of the environment which used to be labelled "Agoraphobia" (and is still so called in the day to day pragmatic usage of many clinics) and is not assimilated to the class of phobias with the label "Social Phobias". He also addresses the "Simple Phobias" which are perhaps the most readily labelled of the many varieties of anxiety.

Table of contents (14 chapters)

  • Proposed Revisions in the DSM-III Classification of Anxiety Disorders Based on Research and Clinical Experience

    Spitzer, Robert L. (et al.)

    Pages 1-19

  • The Differentiation of Anxiety and Depressive Syndromes

    Swinson, Richard P. (et al.)

    Pages 21-34

  • The Neurobiology of Anxiety: A Tale of Two Systems

    Insel, Thomas R.

    Pages 35-49

  • The Psychophysiology of Anxiety and Hedonic Affect: Motivational Specificity

    Fowles, Don C.

    Pages 51-66

  • Anxiety and Memory

    Lang, Peter J.

    Pages 67-92

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Anxiety Disorders
Book Subtitle
Psychological and Biological Perspectives
Authors
Copyright
1986
Publisher
Springer US
Copyright Holder
Plenum Press, New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4684-5254-9
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4684-5254-9
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4684-5256-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 252
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