Few would dispute that we are living at a time of high anxiety and uncertainty in which many of us will experience a crisis of identity at some point or another. At the same time, news media provide us with a daily catalogue of disasters from around the globe to remind us that we inhabit a world of crisis, insecurity and hazard. Anxiety in a Risk Society:
This book is also a section from "The Everything Anxiety Coping Book." Anxiety conditions are the most common of all emotional disorders and affect millions of people in the U.S. and worldwide. One of the most effective types of treatment for anxiety disorders is a therapy called "Cognitive Behavioral Therapy." This book looks at the most effective aspect of this successful method for overcoming chronic anxiety conditions -- which is to learn not to fear the symptoms of chronic anxiety and panic attacks. NOTE: This book is approximately 6,495 words in length. The "Complete Look" reference in the title, is not to imply that this is an extensive medical journal but rather that it contains all aspects of information on the subject that most laypersons would be seeking. CONTENTS: CHAPTER ONE: The True Purpose of Anxiety CHAPTER TWO: When is Anxiety Considered a Disorder? CHAPTER THREE: Four Common Anxiety Disorders CHAPTER FOUR: Anxiety Sensitization CHAPTER FIVE: Catastrophic Thinking CHAPTER SIX: Depersonalization and Derealization CHAPTER SEVEN: Calming Yourself during Panic Attacks or Severe Anxiety Episodes CHAPTER EIGHT: Is Anxiety Dangerous to Your Health? (short answer- "no") Written by a recovered anxiety sufferer this book takes a detailed look at anxiety symptoms, types of anxiety disorders and the diagnosis and treatments available for them.
The Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS) has been used in several languages to assess anxiety and depression in general hospital patients with good results. The HADS was administered to 521 participants (275 controls and 246 inpatients and outpatients of the Internal Medicine and Surgical Departments in 'Attikon' General Hospital in Athens). The Beck Depression Inventory (BDI) and the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI) were used as 'gold standards' for depression and anxiety respectively. The HADS presented high internal consistency; Cronbach's alpha cofficient was 0.884 (0.829 for anxiety and 0.840 for depression) and stability (test-retest intraclass correlation coefficient 0.944). Factor analysis showed a two-factor structure. The HADS showed high concurrent validity; the correlations of the scale and its subscales with the BDI and the STAI were high (0.722 - 0.749). The Greek version of HADS showed good psychometric properties and could serve as a useful tool for clinicians to assess anxiety and depression in general hospital patients. Proceeds from the sale of this book go to the support of an elderly disabled person.
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