Anxiety Disorders: Specific And Social Phobias
Anxiety disorders are currently the most common psychiatric illnesses affecting both children and adults. Whether it is the generalized anxiety associated with everyday living or the devastating effects of a severe traumatic event, people who develop the extreme symptoms of an anxiety disorder can find their lives impaired in significant ways. It is important for students and healthcare professionals to know what differentiates excessive anxiety from an anxiety disorder. This program defines the criteria for specific and social phobias and the varieties of phobias commonly found in the general population. Some of the avoidant and reactive behaviors surrounding phobias are explored as well as the use of exposure therapy, relaxation, and medication in the treatment approach. Effective dramatic vignettes and interviews with professionals and educators in the field are used to explore current treatment options and the challenges that these disorders present in home, vocational, and clinical environments.