Stress-induced and Fear Circuitry Disorders: Refining the Research Agenda for DSM-V

Editor : Gavin Andrews, Editor : Paul J. Sirovatka, Editor : Dennis S. Charney, Editor : Darrel A. Regier

Stress-induced and Fear Circuitry Disorders: Refining the Research Agenda for DSM-V

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  • Publisher : American Psychiatric Publishing
  • Published : 2009
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Category :
    Clinical Psychology
  • Catalogue No : 28081
  • ISBN 13 : 9780890423448
  • ISBN 10 : 089042344X

Also by Gavin Andrews

Also by Paul J. Sirovatka

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As disorders in which stress or fear play major roles present an increasing need for psychiatric care around the world, this volume summarizes current research to determine whether a specific group of stress-induced and fear-based disorders form a distinct syndrome independent from other anxiety disorders such as obsessive-compulsive disorder or generalized anxiety. Intended to suggest DSM-V revisions regarding the classification of these disorders, it reflects findings that may lead to more refined treatments for these specific anxiety disorders based on a better understanding of the biological and environmental factors that contribute to their development and symptoms. Thirty contributors, all international authorities on this group of mental illnesses, clarify how these disorders develop and what factors contribute to symptomatology. Focusing on posttraumatic stress disorder, panic disorder and agoraphobia, social phobias, and specific phobia, the authors explore the possibility of linking the classification and etiology of these conditions by showing that they may be closely related in terms of brain pathophysiology. In addition to assessing the stability of disorders across patient lifespans and determining whether they form a cohesive and distinct group, the authors examine shared etiologies and biopsychosocial correlates, as well as aspects unique to each disorder. Given the importance of changes to DSM for professional education and public health, this book offers important new ways of thinking about stress-induced and fear-based disorders. It not only allows researchers to more accurately assess their diagnostic classifications, but also can help clinicians more effectively communicate with patients regarding the nature of their illness and the importance of adhering to treatment regimens.

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