Title Clinical Handbook of Fear and Anxiety
Subtitle Maintenance Processes and Treatment Mechanisms
Author Jonathan S. Abramowitz, Shannon M. Blakey
ISBN 9781433830655
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Binding Hardbound
No of pages 400
Book size 184 X 254 mm
Publishing year 2019
Original publisher American Psychological Association (Eurospan Group)
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“The clinical research community has been building a body of literature to support a transdiagnostic, principle- and process-based approach to understanding and treating anxiety disorders for a while, but a comprehensive text combining these ideas within an overarching framework has been lacking. Abramowitz and Blakey have filled this void in a way that provides concrete tools, strategies, and case examples to illustrate concepts and provide clinical recommendations.”

Kate Wolitzky-Taylor, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles

“Abramowitz and Blakey have assembled an exceptional group of scholars to highlight the dimensional processes that will be foundational in replacing our flawed categorical approach to psychopathology. This book is a must-read for researchers and clinicians who are interested in the core mechanisms that drive various disorders.”

Bunmi O. Olatunji, PhD, Professor and Director of Clinical Training, Department of Psychology, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN

“This is an outstanding resource for researchers and educators, and the attention given to assessment and treatment of core maintenance processes will be extremely valuable to evidence-based practitioners. I was impressed by the comprehensive nature of this book, which covers current theoretical perspectives and treatment approaches, with contributions from leading researchers in the field.”

Jesse R. Cougle, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychology, Director of Clinical Training, Department of Psychology, Florida State University, Tallahassee


The Clinical Handbook of Fear and Anxiety is a comprehensive guide to the understanding and treatment of clinical anxiety and related disorders.

As the editors demonstrate, the clear delineations implied by DSM and ICD diagnoses are illusory when it comes to real-life clinical anxiety. This is because symptoms are shared among different diagnoses, meaning that the same patient can be diagnosed in a variety of ways — leading clinicians to recommend different treatments that can have radically different outcomes.

This volume therefore offers a shift in perspective. Chapters in Part I highlight the key psychological processes (e.g., intolerance of uncertainty, threat overestimation) that maintain clinical anxiety. Then in Part II, contributors examine empirically supported mechanisms of change (e.g., exposure, cognitive restructuring, acceptance) that are effective across a range of anxiety presentations and are found in a variety of effective treatments.

The editors’ transdiagnostic approach helps clinicians connect theory with the practical realities of mental health treatment.





Part I: Maintenance Processes

Introduction to Part I: Why Psychological Maintenance Processes? (Shannon M. Blakey and Jonathan S. Abramowitz)

Chapter 1. Overestimation of Threat (Jonathan S. Abramowitz and Shannon M. Blakey)

Chapter 2. Safety Behaviors (Michael J. Telch and Eric D. Zaizar)

Chapter 3. Intolerance of Uncertainty (Ryan J. Jacoby)

Chapter 4. Anxiety Sensitivity (Steven Taylor)

Chapter 5. Disgust Sensitivity (Peter J. de Jong and Charmaine Borg)

Chapter 6. Distress Intolerance (Caitlin A. Stamatis, Stephanie E. Hudiburgh, and Kiara R. Timpano)

Chapter 7. Experiential Avoidance (Sarah A. Hayes-Skelton and Elizabeth H. Eustis)

Chapter 8. Worry and Rumination (Thane M. Erickson, Michelle G. Newman, and Jamie L. Tingey)

Chapter 9. Perfectionism (Ariella P. Lenton-Brym and Martin M. Antony)

Chapter 10. Metacognition (Adrian Wells and Lora Capobianco)

Chapter 11. Autobiographical Memory Bias (Mia Romano, Ruofan Ma, Morris Moscovitch, and David A. Moscovitch)

Chapter 12. Attention Bias (Omer Azriel and Yair Bar-Haim)

Chapter 13. Interpersonal Processes (Jonathan S. Abramowitz and Donald H. Baucom)

Part II: Treatment Mechanisms

Introduction to Part II: Why Mechanisms of Change? (Jonathan S. Abramowitz and Shannon M. Blakey)

Chapter 14. Habituation (Jessica L. Maples-Keller and Sheila A. M. Rauch)

Chapter 15. Inhibitory Learning (Amy R. Sewart and Michelle G. Craske)

Chapter 16. Cognitive Change via Rational Discussion (Lillian Reuman, Jennifer L. Buchholz, Shannon M. Blakey, and Jonathan S. Abramowitz)

Chapter 17. Behavioral Activation (Matt R. Judah, Jennifer Dahne, Rachel Hershenberg, and Daniel F. Gros)

Chapter 18. Mindfulness and Acceptance (Clarissa W. Ong, Brooke M. Smith, Michael E. Levin, and Michael P. Twohig)

Chapter 19. Pharmacological Enhancement of Extinction Learning (Valérie La Buissonnière-Ariza, Sophie C. Schneider, and Eric A. Storch)

Chapter 20. Interpretation Bias Modification (Courtney Beard and Andrew D. Peckham)


About the Editors

About the Editors:

Jonathan S. Abramowitz, PhD, is a professor of psychology and psychiatry, and director of the Anxiety and Stress Disorders Clinic at the University of North Carolina. An internationally recognized expert on obsessive-compulsive disorder and anxiety, he has published more than 300 research articles, books, and book chapters.

Dr. Abramowitz is a past president of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies and editor-in-chief of the Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders. He also maintains a practice in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Dr. Abramowitz’s contributions to the field have been recognized with numerous awards.

Shannon M. Blakey, PhD, is a postdoctoral clinical research fellow at the Veterans Affairs (VA) Mid-Atlantic Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center and Durham VA Health Care System.

She conducts research on psychological processes involved in the maintenance and treatment of anxiety and related disorders. She also investigates ways to enhance treatments for anxiety and co-occurring problems such as depression and substance use disorder.

Dr. Blakey has published more than 50 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and has been selected for multiple awards by organizations such as the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies and the Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology.

Target Audience:

This book is useful for clinicians, educators and researchers interested in the field of mental health.

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