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Anxiety Disorders and Phobias: A Cognitive Perspective [Paperback]

Aaron T. Beck , Gary Emery , Ruth L. Greenberg
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12 Dec 1990
The founder of cognitive therapy and two colleagues apply the concepts of cognitive therapy, used successfully in treating depression, to the treatment of anxiety disorders and phobias. Part I shows how the activation of specific nonadaptive cognitive patterns leads to the complex symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder, agoraphobia, simple phobias, and the evaluation anxieties. Part II shows how distorted perceptions of threat and danger are corrected through cognitive restructuring, relaxation, and distraction techniques and through such behavioral methods as exposure therapy and activity scheduling.


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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Basic Books; New edition edition (12 Dec 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0465003850
  • ISBN-13: 978-0465003853
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.5 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 891,101 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Aaron T. Beck is university professor of psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and Director of the Center for Cognitive Therapy in Philadelphia. Gary Emery is director of the Los Angeles Center for Cognitive Therapy and Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at UCLA. Ruth L. Greenberg is a psychologist in private practice, and trains psychotherapists at the Center for Cognitive Therapy. Aaron T. Beck is university professor of psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and Director of the Center for Cognitive Therapy in Philadelphia. Gary Emery is director of the Los Angeles Center for Cognitive Therapy and Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at UCLA. Ruth L. Greenberg is a psychologist in private practice, and trains psychotherapists at the Center for Cognitive Therapy. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars For professionals 9 April 2013
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This is an excellent book for professionals.
It is like a text book for those who wish to work in the field of anxiety disorders.
It is strong on theory but weaker on techniques to manage disorders.
There are many case studies of success but not one of failure.
It is certainly not a self-help book but it does not claim to be.
So if that is what you are looking for, it is best to look elsewhere.
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It is more likely that a practitioner will appreciate this more than a lay person who wishes to further their knowledge of psychological treatments.
This should be considered a classic in the field of cognitive therapy, and rightly so. There have been many advances in the cognitive therapy of anxiety disorders but this book is helpful in reminding the practitioner the basics of cognitive theory. This book shouldn't be used as a reference for anxiety disorders, or even their treatment (see Cognitive Therapy of Anxiety Disorders: A Practical Guide). I feel that it would be best as a tool for developing therapeutic skills and as a reminder of how a purist of cognitive therapy perceives the world of anxiety.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but intense 19 May 1999
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This book was an interesting book and, undoubtedly, an important book from the professional stand-point. However, from the layman's stand-point, I thought it was a little too intense. There were sections that I had to go back and reread several times in order to understand what the authors were trying to say. I think this was because I am a layman with only General Psych 101 as a background. I can not, however, speak as to its rating for a professional.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very insightful - for patients as well as therapists 12 Sep 2007
By Wilma James - Published on Amazon.com
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I picked up this book years ago (before getting therapy for my own anxiety disorder) and quickly gained much insight into the many variants of phobia and anxiety disorders. The explanations are clear, allowing laypersons as well as experts a good level of understanding.

While the book is definitely geared toward therapists interested in learning Beck's cognitive therapy approach, it is certainly useful to any patient or relative who is confronted with such problems -- above all the first half of the book! I really appreciated not being talked down to as in so many patient-oriented books.

Beck opens with an overview of everyday experience of fear and anxiety. Next, he describes the adaptive purpose of anxiety responses ("fight or flight") putting anxiety disorders on a dimension with normal behavior. He continues on to discuss the difference between "normal" and "pathological" forms of anxiety, addressing the major symptoms and thought patterns associated with clinical forms. He then gives an overview of clinical anxiety disorders, including panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, atypical anxiety disorder, phobic disorders (of which there are many kinds), agoraphobia, social phobia and simple phobias.

He then presents his cognitive model of threat reactions and in-depth chapters focussing on anxiety disorder clusters ("Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Panic Disorder", "Simple Phobias", "The Agoraphobic Syndrome", and "The Evaluation Anxieties" social phobia and social anxiety). The second part of the book is devoted to his principles and strategies/techniques of cognitive-behavioral therapy.

The fact that new editions of this book have been published every few years over the past 2 decades is a tribute to its usefulness.
41 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beck's Anxiety Disorders and Phobias - Cognitive Perspective 25 April 2000
By Osher Doctorow, Ph.D. - Published on Amazon.com
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Every day, veterans of the Vietnam War commit suicide in deep depression. With the United States almost continually cutting its Veterans Administration budget, you would think that the V.A. would give up, but books like those of Beck help it treat and cure depression and anxiety. The Cognitive Therapy uses Socratic questioning, training people to ask why they feel sad or anxious, what their answers mean, to substitute more effective coping thoughts for ineffective thoughts and wrong ideas (illogical ideas, like "everybody is against me," "I'm born to fail," etc.). Patients record in diaries or logs what events trigger these wrong thoughts and learn to instantly respond with other thoughts and actions. This is one of the greatest books in psychology and psychiatry, and should be read by the young people of all ages (many of whom are depressed) as well as the older ones.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Overview of the Cognitive Perspective, but has some flaws... 10 Mar 2008
By Matt Mandelbaum - Published on Amazon.com
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This book offers a great overview of the subject, anxiety disorders and phobias, from a cognitive perspective. The book is divided into two parts, a clinical/theoretical analysis and a practical outline of the application of the theory in therapy, authored by Beck and Emery, respectively.

The book accomplishes its aim of laying down the fundamentals from a cognitive perspective, but does have some flaws. First, much of the anecdotal evidence is just that--anecdotal. Specific studies aren't often mentioned, especially in the second part of the book. Additionally, the book does not address the importance of approaching psychological topics from multiple perspectives. That is, the book does not inform the reader of the other perspectives. So, if you take a more biologically-oriented perspective towards behavior and psychopathology, it is difficult to not take much of the book with a grain of salt. All in all, however, it is a good overview of the cognitive perspective on the issue.
33 of 47 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but intense 19 May 1999
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This book was an interesting book and, undoubtedly, an important book from the professional stand-point. However, from the layman's stand-point, I thought it was a little too intense. There were sections that I had to go back and reread several times in order to understand what the authors were trying to say. I think this was because I am a layman with only General Psych 101 as a background. I can not, however, speak as to its rating for a professional.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent resource for those with Anxiety 28 May 2013
By Mantra - Published on Amazon.com
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I found Dr. Beck's book to be thorough, and encouraging. It explained how and why anxiety works and I could see a lot of my issues addressed here. This book will explain in lucid and simple detail that you are not your anxiety, that it gets triggered by many things and that you have control of it's duration and can begin to understand that you are not alone in this often terrible space.
I found it encouraging and heartening and it showed me a way to finally understand it from a cognitive perspective.
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