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Tag: anxiety disorders

The Use of Distraction in the Treatment of Anxiety

In this video from a recent CBT workshop at the Beck Institute, Dr. Aaron Beck describes the use of distraction in the treatment of anxiety disorders. He discusses the ways in which distraction can be productive for different forms of anxiety. Although distraction is not a long term solution, Dr. Beck shows how using distraction can provide an initial sense of relief and control for the patient and help reduce…

Individualized Internet-CBT Reduces Symptoms in Adults with Panic Attacks

According to a recent study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, individually tailored, internet-based cognitive behavior therapy (iCBT) may help alleviate panic symptoms and comorbid anxiety and depression. The current study examined the efficacy of iCBT for adults with reoccurring panic attacks. Participants (n=57) were randomly assigned to either receive treatment immediately (n=29), or to a waitlist control group (n=28).  Treatment included eight weeks of therapist-guided and individually-tailored,…

Generalizing Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Anxiety Disorders to Clinical Practice

Studies conducted at the University of Pennsylvania add to a growing body of research that supports the use of cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) in clinical practice. In their meta-analysis review of 56 studies, Stewart and Chambless (2009) examined CBT treatments for social anxiety disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), panic disorder, and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and found significant support for each treatment within the clinical setting.


Cognitive Therapy of Anxiety Disorders: Science and Practice

We asked David A. Clark to send us a description of the excellent, state-of-the-art new book on anxiety he co-authored with Aaron Beck, along with some behind-the-scenes history. Here’s what he wrote: Cognitive Therapy of Anxiety Disorders: Science and Practice (Clark & Beck, 2010, from Guilford Press, pp. 628) represents the outgrowth of my 26 year journey of inquiry, discovery and acquired knowledge on the cognitive basis of the emotional…