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3rd Edition

By Stanley Rachman

Psychology Press

244 pages

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pub: 2013-04-23
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Anxiety is a complex phenomenon and a central feature of many psychological problems. This thoroughly revised edition of Anxiety has been updated to include astonishing developments in the in the clinical implementation of knowledge about anxiety. In particular, this edition updates the reader with:

  • A new chapter on health anxiety
  • A fully updated chapter on obsessive compulsive disorders, including the concept of mental contamination and the causes of obsessions
  • An account of advances in therapeutic techniques.

Unique in combining an introduction to the subject with comprehensive coverage of the latest developments in research and practice, this book provides excellent breadth and depth of coverage which all practicing and trainee clinical psychologists, and students of clinical psychology, will find extremely informative.


"There are few authors who can truly claim to have been at the forefront of clinical research and treatment anxiety disorders for more than 50 years. Professor Rachman is one of them. This book provides an up-to-date, theoretical and treatment account of anxiety in general and specific forms of anxiety disorder. It is written in the scholarly yet accessible manner that is the hallmark of all Professor Rachman’s work, with case illustrations interspersed with science. It is essential reading for any student, clinician or researcher who wants to better understand and treat anxiety." - Roz Shafran, Chair of Clinical Psychology, University of Reading

Table of Contents

Introduction to the Third Edition. Introduction to the Second Edition.The Nature of Anxiety. Fear, Anxiety and Avoidance. Influences on Anxiety. Anxiety, Attention, Perception and Memory. Theories of Anxiety. Specific Phobias and the Conditioning Theory of Fear. Panic and Anxiety. Agoraphobia. Obsessions and Compulsions. Health Anxiety Disorders. Social Anxiety. Generalized Anxiety Disorders. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders. Concluding Remarks. Suggested Reading.

About the Author

Stanley Rachman is a clinical researcher, specialising in psychopathology and psychological therapy. He is currently Professor Emeritus at London University, and the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. His other publications include The Treatment of Obsessions,Fear of Contamination, Panic Disorder, and Obsessive Compulsive Disorders.

About the Series

Clinical Psychology: A Modular Course

"I truly like the books in this series because they are a quick reference and a great teaching tool." Nicholas Greco IV, MS (Abbott Laboratories), USA

Clinical Psychology: A Modular Course was designed to overcome problems faced by the traditional textbook in conveying what psychological disorders are really like.

All the books in the series, written by leading scholars and practitioners in the field, can be read as stand-alone texts, but they will also integrate with other modules to form a comprehensive resource in clinical psychology.

Students of psychology, medicine, nursing, and social work, as well as busy practitioners in many professions, often need an accessible but thorough introduction to how people experience anxiety, depression, addiction, or other disorders, how common they are, and who is most likely to suffer from them, as well as up-to-date research evidence on the causes and available treatments.

The series will appeal to those who want to go deeper into the subject than the traditional textbook will allow, and base their examination answers, research projects, assignments, or practical decisions on a clearer and more rounded appreciation of the clinical and research evidence.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Clinical Psychology
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychopathology / Anxieties & Phobias