Introduction

Worry and anxiety are common features of all emotional and psychiatric disorder. They are also fundamental aspects of the human condition. It is part of our nature to be sensitive to threats to our physical and psychological wellbeing, to imagine ourselves and others in danger, to dwell on these situations with varying degrees of conscious awareness and sometimes to feel a paralysing sense of dread that there is really no escape from an unpleasant fate. Such experiences are a part of living for all of us and a way of living for some. Since the mid-1980s, chronic worrying and the effects of the chronic tension that accompanies this state have come to be the defining features of generalised anxiety disorder (GAD) which itself has assumed a much more important place in our understanding of psychopathology. How is GAD defined and conceptualised? How common is the disorder and what course does it tend to follow? How effective is psychological therapy for this condition and how can clinical effectiveness be improved? In this chapter we provide an overview of the rapidly growing clinical and research literature that addresses these questions.

Free Yourself from Panic Attacks

Free Yourself from Panic Attacks

With all the stresses and strains of modern living, panic attacks are become a common problem for many people. Panic attacks occur when the pressure we are living under starts to creep up and overwhelm us. Often it's a result of running on the treadmill of life and forgetting to watch the signs and symptoms of the effects of excessive stress on our bodies. Thankfully panic attacks are very treatable. Often it is just a matter of learning to recognize the symptoms and learn simple but effective techniques that help you release yourself from the crippling effects a panic attack can bring.

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