Facilitating Symptom Reduction and Behavior Change in GAD: The Issue of Control
Article first published online: 11 MAY 2006
Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice
Volume 9, Issue 1, pages 69–75, March 2002
How to Cite
Craske, M. G. and Hazlett-Stevens, H. (2002), Facilitating Symptom Reduction and Behavior Change in GAD: The Issue of Control. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, 9: 69–75. doi: 10.1093/clipsy.9.1.69
- Issue published online: 11 MAY 2006
- Article first published online: 11 MAY 2006
- Received November 28, 2000; accepted December 3, 2000.
- generalized anxiety disorder;
- cognitive-behavioral therapy;
In this commentary we review the theoretical positions of Roemer and Orsillo and identify several key issues. First, the specificity of their arguments to generalized anxiety disorder (CAD) compared to the other anxiety disorders are explored. For example, the proposed distinctions between worry in CAD and worry associated with the other anxiety disorders are examined in light of available empirical evidence. Second, the proposed disjunctions between mental content and both actual experience and emotional/physiological responding are placed in the context of current theoretical and empirical work. Finally, possible therapeutic mechanisms of change for mindfulness/acceptance-based treatments and the roles of control and predictability in anxiety disorder treatment are discussed.