1. General Introduction

  1. Paul Emmelkamp3 and
  2. Thomas Ehring4
  1. Paul Emmelkamp1 and
  2. Thomas Ehring2

Published Online: 4 APR 2014

DOI: 10.1002/9781118775349.ch1

The Wiley Handbook of Anxiety Disorders

The Wiley Handbook of Anxiety Disorders

How to Cite

Emmelkamp, P. and Ehring, T. (2014) General Introduction, in The Wiley Handbook of Anxiety Disorders (eds P. Emmelkamp and T. Ehring), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118775349.ch1

Editor Information

  1. 3

    University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands

  2. 4

    University of Münster, Germany

Author Information

  1. 1

    University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands

  2. 2

    University of Münster, Germany

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 4 APR 2014
  2. Published Print: 24 MAR 2014

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781118775356

Online ISBN: 9781118775349

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Keywords:

  • agoraphobia;
  • anxiety disorders;
  • anxiety-related disorders;
  • generalized anxiety disorder (GAD);
  • obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD);
  • panic disorder;
  • phobias;
  • posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

Summary

This introductory chapter of this two-volume handbook commences with an overview of the book, which is aimed to provide a comprehensive overview of the current knowledge on the phenomenology, classification, epidemiology, etiology, and clinical management of anxiety disorders. Whereas Volume 1 focuses on theory and research, Volume 2 covers assessment and treatment issues. For the most part, the different chapters of this handbook focus on the state of the art of theory, research, and treatment. The chapter provides a brief overview, providing basic information regarding the definition, prevalence, etiology, and treatment of anxiety and related disorders. Throughout the chapter, references to different chapters of this handbook are made for more detailed information. Description of anxiety disorders, such as specific phobias, social anxiety disorder, panic disorder and agoraphobia, and generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is presented. Anxiety-related disorders include obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and acute stress disorder.