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A New Framework for Emotional Disorders and Their Treatment

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ISBN 9781462547180
September 6, 2021 Forthcoming by Guilford Press
262 Pages

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Book Description

Neuroticism--the tendency to experience negative emotions, along with the perception that the world is filled with stressful, unmanageable challenges--is strongly associated with anxiety, depression, and other common mental health conditions. This groundbreaking volume shows how targeting this trait in psychotherapy can benefit a broad range of clients and reduce the need for disorder-specific interventions. The prominent authors describe and illustrate evidence-based therapies that address neuroticism directly, including their own Unified Protocol for transdiagnostic treatment. They examine how neuroticism develops and is maintained, its relation to psychopathology, and implications for how psychological disorders are classified and diagnosed.

Table of Contents

1. Perspectives on Temperament and Personality
2. Triple Vulnerability Theory and the Origins of Neuroticism
3. Integrating Temperament into the Study of Emotional Disorders
4. Neuroticism and a Functional Understanding of Emotional Disorders
5. Nosology and Assessment
6. Treatment of Neuroticism
7. Personality as a Basis for Treating Mental Disorders

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Shannon Sauer-Zavala, PhD, is Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Kentucky and founding Director of Clinical Services atthe University’s Center for Emotional Health. Her research is focused on exploring emotion-focused mechanisms that maintain psychological symptoms (particularly high-risk symptoms such as suicidal thoughts and behaviors) and using this information to develop more targeted, easily disseminated intervention strategies. Dr. Sauer-Zavala has coauthored over 75 peer-reviewed articles, numerous book chapters, and three books. She is a codeveloper of the Unified Protocol for the transdiagnostic treatment of emotional disorders.

David H. Barlow, PhD, ABPP, is Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Psychiatry and Founder and Director Emeritus of the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders at Boston University. Dr. Barlow has published over 600 articles and chapters and over 80 books and clinical manuals, mostly on the nature and treatment of emotional disorders and clinical research methodology. His books and manuals have been translated into more than 20 languages. His numerous awards and citations include psychology's three highest honors: the Distinguished Scientific Award for the Applications of Psychology from the American Psychological Association, the James McKeen Cattell Fellow Award from the Association for Psychological Science, and the Gold Medal Award for Life Achievement in the Practice of Psychology from the American Psychological Foundation.


"As the traditional DSM-based account of psychopathology weakens, it is crucial to develop broader, more testable models that can integrate what is known about psychological problems and their amelioration. This groundbreaking volume builds an understanding of psychopathology on the foundation of temperament and personality, with important implications for the creation of evidence-based treatments. The book lays out a bold new idea in such a way that the entire field will be able to explore it. Highly worth reading."--Steven C. Hayes, PhD, Foundation Professor of Psychology, University of Nevada, Reno; co-developer of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy-