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In this recurring feature, we bring you new releases, best-of-class reference texts and resources you can recommend to your clients

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June 30, 2010 — In this recurring feature, we’ll bring you new releases, best-of-class reference texts and resources you can recommend to your clients. Titles and descriptions come from both the APA Practice Organization’s Amazon Associates Store and APA Books. This month, we focus on anxiety disorders, with volumes that explore causes, assessment, intervention, treatment planning and prevention.

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Clinical resources

Anxiety and Its Disorders, Second Edition: The Nature and Treatment of Anxiety and Panic
By David H. Barlow (2004)
Integrating insights from emotion theory, recent advances in cognitive science and neuroscience, and increasingly important findings from developmental psychology and learning, David H. Barlow comprehensively examines the phenomena of anxiety and panic, their origins, and the roles that each plays in normal and pathological functioning. Chapters coauthored by Barlow with other leading experts then outline what is currently known about the classification, presentation, etiology, assessment, and treatment of each of the DSM-IV anxiety disorders.

Interpersonal Processes in the Anxiety Disorders: Implications for Understanding Psychopathology and Treatment
Edited by J. Gayle Beck (2010)
The book begins with an overview of models and measures for conceptualizing and assessing interpersonal processes in the anxiety disorders. It then reviews the available literature on interpersonal processes pertaining to specific disorders, including childhood and adolescent anxiety disorders, social anxiety disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, panic disorder and agoraphobia, generalized anxiety disorder, and health anxiety. Throughout the book, clinical descriptions, etiological formulations, and information pertaining to comorbidity and treatment help to bridge the gap between clinical and research work.

Mastery of Your Anxiety and Panic: Therapist Guide
By Michelle G. Craske and David H. Barlow (2006)
Now in its 4th edition, Mastery of Your Anxiety and Panic, Therapist Guide updates, extends, and improves upon the most effective, evidence-based treatment program available for Panic Disorder and Agoraphobia. Written and revised by the developers of the program, this book provides therapists will all the tools necessary to deliver effective treatment for Panic Disorder and Agoraphobia. It provides step-by-step instructions for teaching clients the skills to overcome their fear of panic and panic attacks, as well as case vignettes and techniques for addressing atypical and problematic responses. Use with the client workbook.

Acceptance & Commitment Therapy for Anxiety Disorders: A Practitioner's Treatment Guide to Using Mindfulness, Acceptance, And Values-Based Behavior Change Strategies
By Georg H. Eifert and John P. Forsyth (2005) 
This much-anticipated book is the first how-to guide to offer a detailed and practical application of acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) to the treatment of persons suffering from any of the broad class of anxiety disorders. The book provides clear and flexible, session-by-session guidelines for applying and integrating acceptance, mindfulness, and value-guided behavior change methods into a powerful and effective anxiety treatment approach. It offers strategies that work to remove barriers to change and foster meaningful movement forward. Theoretical information in the book is supported by detailed examples of individual therapy sessions, worksheets, and experiential exercises—as well as new assessment measures that make learning and teaching these techniques easy and engaging. The book comes with a CD-ROM that includes easily reproducible electronic versions of these materials. Also, see the related client workbook.

Treatment Plans and Interventions for Depression and Anxiety Disorders
by Robert L. Leahy and Stephen J. Holland (2000)
This one-of-a-kind resource provides the busy practitioner with empirically supported treatments for seven frequently encountered disorders: major depression, generalized anxiety, panic and agoraphobia, PTSD, social phobia, specific phobia, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Serving as ready-to-use treatment packages, chapters describe basic cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) techniques and how to tailor them to each disorder. Also featured are diagnostic flow charts; therapist forms for assessment and record keeping; client handouts and homework sheets; and session-by-session case examples. Tips for troubleshooting common therapeutic roadblocks are presented, as are strategies for ensuring third-party payment authorization. The searchable CD-ROM enables clinicians to rapidly generate individualized treatment plans, print extra copies of therapist and client forms, find the facts about commonly prescribed medications, and learn more about cognitive-behavioral techniques. Facilitating effective treatment that is adapted to the realities of the typical outpatient setting, including the demands of managed care, this book and CD-ROM will be prized by novice and experienced clinicians alike.

The Prevention of Anxiety and Depression: Theory, Research, and Practice
Edited by David J. A. Dozois and Keith S. Dobson (2003)
In The Prevention of Anxiety and Depression, editors David J. A. Dozois and Keith S. Dobson demonstrate that prevention efforts are warranted in addressing the two most common mental health ailments. Leading experts examine current models and practices in prevention and the empirical evidence on risk and vulnerability for anxiety and depression separately and as co-morbid disorders. Authors survey the emerging support for intervention efforts at various stages. From this comprehensive and cutting edge literature, the editors synthesize a set of innovative recommendations for theory development and research.

Shy Children, Phobic Adults: Nature and Treatment of Social Anxiety Disorder, Second Edition
By Deborah C. Beidel and Samuel M. Turner (2006)
This book describes the clinical presentation of social anxiety disorder, presents theoretical perspectives on its etiology, and examines the latest empirical data with respect to both pharmacological and behavioral interventions. Social anxiety disorder occurs in children, adolescents, and adults, but its manifestation and treatment differ depending on developmental factors. Drawing from a broad literature base as well as their extensive clinical experience, the authors illustrate the impact of developmental stage on all aspects of the disorder. They also provide practical implementation guidelines, enhanced by case examples, tips on patient management, lists of assessment instruments, and sample forms to use with clients.

Treating Panic Disorder and Agoraphobia: A Step-By-Step Clinical Guide
By Elke Zuercher-White (1997) 
Psychologist Elke Zuercher-White describes the use of a state-of-the-art cognitive-behavioral approach to treating panic disorder and agoraphobia. Including detailed coverage of the research, she describes a twelve-session treatment program that covers breath control training as a coping skill, changing automatic thoughts and underlying beliefs, interoceptive desensitization, and assertiveness training. She also offers suggestions for providing treatment in a group format, information for primary care physicians, a chapter on medications, and worksheets derived from her client workbook, An End to Panic.

Overcoming Panic Disorder and Agoraphobia - Therapist Protocol
By Elke Zuercher-White (1999)
Effective protocols save time, increase the probability of obtaining good results, make it easier to train and supervise new therapists, and satisfy the needs of third parties to know that the proposed treatment follows the best available practices. Protocols are consistently formatted and organized; a detailed session-by-session treatment program that includes worksheets, homework assignments, in-session treatment exercises, and didactic material; specific assessment measures both for the target disorder and for the overall treatment program; a treatment plan summary for managed care requirements. This protocol outlines a twelve to sixteen-session treatment for individual clients experiencing agoraphobia and panic disorder. Treatment interventions include psychoeducation, breathing retraining, cognitive restructuring, interoceptive exposure, in vivo exposure, and relapse prevention. Also, see the related Client Manual.

Treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
by Gail Steketee (1996) 
A complete, hands-on resource, this volume provides everything the mental health professional needs for working with clients who suffer from obsessions and compulsions. The initial chapters supply the background by describing in detail the most up-to-date, clinically relevant information available on obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD). The latter chapters comprise a step-by-step guide for conducting behavioral treatment. The book also features unusually practical appendices that include checklists, an inventory, rating scales, and suggested readings.

Overcoming Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: Client Manual: A Behavioral and Cognitive Protocol for the Treatment of OCD 
By Gail Steketee (2008)
The client manual to a 14-session treatment. Techniques include imagined exposure, in vivo exposure, response prevention, and avoidance reduction. Protocols are consistently formatted and organized; a detailed session-by-session treatment program that includes worksheets, homework assignments, in-session treatment exercises, and didactic material; specific assessment measures both for the target disorder and for the overall treatment program; and a treatment plan summary for managed care requirements. This protocol outlines a fourteen-session treatment for individual adults diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for OCD
By David A. Clark (2006) 
This authoritative book reviews current cognitive-behavioral models of OCD and delineates an innovative, theoretically and empirically grounded approach to assessment and treatment. Leading scientist-practitioner David A. Clark first elaborates and refines existing theories of obsessions and compulsions. He then spells out effective strategies for assessing client needs, developing a clear case formulation, implementing an array of cognitive and behavioral interventions, and troubleshooting potential difficulties. Illustrated with extensive clinical material, the volume is practical and user-friendly. Reproducible appendices feature over a dozen rating scales, client handouts, and homework tasks.

Prolonged Exposure Therapy for PTSD: Emotional Processing of Traumatic Experiences Therapist Guide
By Edna Foa, Elizabeth Hembree and Barbara Olaslov Rothbaum (2007)
This guide gives clinicians the information they need to treat clients who exhibit the symptoms of PTSD. It is based on the principles of Prolonged Exposure Therapy, the most scientifically-tested and proven treatment that has been used to effectively treat victims of all types of trauma. Whether your client is a veteran of combat, a victim of a physical or sexual assault, or a casualty of a motor vehicle accident, the techniques and strategies outlined in this book will help. In this treatment clients are exposed to imagery of their traumatic memories, as well as real-life situations related to the traumatic event in a step-by-step, controllable way. Through these exposures, your client will learn to confront the trauma and begin to think differently about it, leading to a marked decrease in levels of anxiety and other PTSD symptoms. Designed to be used in conjunction with the corresponding client workbook, this therapist guide includes all the tools necessary to effectively implement the prolonged exposure program including assessment measures, session outlines, case studies, sample dialogues, and homework assignments.

Compulsive Hoarding and Acquiring: Therapist Guide (Treatments That Work)
By Gail Steketee and Randy O. Frost (2006)
Written by the developers of this groundbreaking treatment, this manual is the first to present an empirically supported and effective CBT program for treating compulsive hoarding and acquiring. This guide gives clinicians the information to understand hoarding and proven tools to help clients overcome their compulsive behaviors. It teaches individuals how to recognize errors in thinking and uses both imagined and real exposures to teach them the skills they need to manage their problem. Homework exercises include behavioral experiments to test personal beliefs about possessions, developing an organization plan and filing system, and sorting and organizing items room-by-room. Designed to be used in conjunction with the corresponding workbook, this therapist guide provides numerous assessment and intervention forms to help clients use the methods described in this program. Complete with case examples and strategies for dealing with problems, this user-friendly guide is a dependable resource that no clinician can do without.

Resources for your clients

The Worry Cure: Seven Steps to Stop Worry from Stopping You
By Robert L. Leahy (2006)
For more than twenty-five years, Dr. Robert L. Leahy has successfully helped thousands of people defeat the worry that is holding them back. The Worry Cure is his new, comprehensive approach to help you identify, challenge, and overcome all types of worry, using the most recent research and his more than two decades of experience in treating patients. Designed to address general worries as well as the unique issues surrounding some of the most common areas of worry—relationships, health, money, work, and the need for approval—The Worry Cure is for everyone, from the chronic worrier to the occasional ruminator.

Anxiety Free: Unravel Your Fears Before They Unravel You
By Robert L. Leahy (2009) 
Anxiety is part of our biological heritage. Our ancestors lived in a world filled with life-threatening dangers, and it was in the face of these dangers that the human psyche evolved. We no longer live in the primitive world that created our fears, but we operate as if we’re still running from tigers, fighting starvation, and risking incurable disease. In Anxiety Free, Leahy addresses the six recognized anxiety disorders—specific phobia, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder—explaining what each is and which outmoded rules it follows. He then offers simple, step-by-step techniques for confronting and overcoming our specific anxieties.

An End to Panic: Breakthrough Techniques for Overcoming Panic Disorder 
By Elke Zuercher-White (1998)
This step-by-step guide to recovery from anxiety and panic disorder--the number-one mental health problem in America--offers state-of-the-art treatment methods that have helped thousands, plus simple, straightforward, and reassuring techniques that help guard against relapse.

Stop Obsessing!: How to Overcome Your Obsessions and Compulsions (Revised Edition)
By Edna B. Foa and Reid Wilson (2001)
Once considered almost untreatable, OCD is now known to be a highly treatable disorder using behavior therapy. In this revised edition of Stop Obsessing! Drs. Foa and Wilson, share their scientifically based and clinically proven self-help program that has already allowed thousands of men and women with OCD to enjoy a life free from excessive worries and rituals. You will discover: Step-by-step programs for both mild and severe cases of OCD; The most effective ways to help you let go of your obsessions and gain control over your compulsions; New charts and fill-in guides to track progress and make exercises easier; Questionnaires for self-evaluation and in-depth understanding of your symptoms; Expert guidance for finding the best professional help; and The latest information about medications prescribed for OCD.

The Shyness & Social Anxiety Workbook: Proven, Step-by-Step Techniques for Overcoming Your Fear
By Martin M. Antony and Richard P. Swinson (2008)
There's nothing wrong with being shy. But if social anxiety keeps you from forming relationships with others, advancing in your education or your career, or carrying on with everyday activities, you may need to confront your fears to live an enjoyable, satisfying life. This new edition of The Shyness and Social Anxiety Workbook offers a comprehensive program to help you do just that. As you complete the activities in this workbook, you'll learn to: Find your strengths and weaknesses with a self-evaluation; Explore and examine your fears; Create a personalized plan for change; and Put your plan into action through gentle and gradual exposure to social situations. Information about therapy, medications, and other resources is also included.

The OCD Workbook: Your Guide to Breaking Free from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
By Bruce M. Hyman and Cherry Pedrick (2005)
Since its first publication in 1999, the OCD Workbook has become among the most trusted and recommended OCD resources available. More than 40,000 copies have provided help and hope to people with the disorder, and therapists have come to regard the book as a useful adjunct to their private practices. This fully revised and expanded edition includes new findings on the causes of OCD, including genetic research. It offers information on treatment options including neurosurgery, new medications, and a whole new chapter on day-to-day coping strategies for people with OCD. The new edition includes expanded coverage of related disorders like body dysmorphic disorder, trichotillomania, and skin picking. New material on relapse prevention, OCD in children, and family involvement in OCD round out this important book.

Buried in Treasures: Help for Compulsive Acquiring, Saving, and Hoarding
By David F. Tolin, Randy O. Frost and Gail Steketee (2007)
Buried in Treasures outlines a scientifically-based and effective program for helping compulsive hoarders dig their way out of the clutter and chaos of their homes. Discover the reasons for your problems with acquiring, saving, and hoarding, and learn new ways of thinking about your possessions so you can accurately identify those things you really need and those you can do without. Learn to recognize the "bad guys" that maintain your hoarding behavior and meet the "good guys" who will motivate you and put you on the path to change. Features of this book include: Self-assessments to determine the severity of the problem; Tips and tools for organizing your possessions and filing your paperwork; Strategies for changing unhelpful beliefs about your possessions; and Behavioral experiments to reduce your fear of anxiety and fear of discarding. 

Overcoming Compulsive Hoarding: Why You Save & How You Can Stop 
By Fugen Neziroglu, Jerome Bubrick and Jose A. Yaryura-Tobias (2004)
This book, the first ever written for savers and their families, provides an overview of compulsive hoarding and how it relates to obsessive-compulsive disorder. It discusses hoarding broadly, offering readers perspectives on the physical, behavioral, and value-oriented aspects of the condition. Readers can use its assessment tools to help decide why they or their loved one hoards. Skill-building exercises help readers determine how to beat the hoarding problem by addressing issues that often underlie compulsive saving. Even though this is fundamentally a self-help book, it contains a frank discussion about the need for professional help in some hoarding cases, how to find it, and what medications have been proven effective for savers. 

Digging Out: Helping Your Loved One Manage Clutter, Hoarding, and Compulsive Acquiring
By Michael A. Tompkins and Tamara L. Hartl
In Digging Out, you will find a complete guide to helping your loved one with a hoarding problem live safely and comfortably in his or her home or apartment. Included are realistic harm reduction strategies that you can use to help your loved one manage health and safety hazards, avoid eviction, and motivate him or her to make long-term lifestyle changes. You'll learn how to handle a roommate or spouse with a hoarding problem, identify and work through special considerations that may arise when the person who hoards is frail and elderly, and receive guidance for healing strained relationships between people who hoard and their friends and family. Take heart. With this book as a guide, you can help your loved one live more comfortably and safely, salvage your damaged relationship, and restore your peace of mind.

What to Do When You Worry Too Much: A Kid's Guide to Overcoming Anxiety
By Dawn Huebner (2005)
What to Do When You Worry Too Much is an interactive self-help book designed to guide 6–12 year olds and their parents through the cognitive-behavioral techniques most often used in the treatment of generalized anxiety. Metaphors and humorous illustrations make difficult concepts easy to understand, while prompts to draw and write help children to master new skills related to reducing anxiety. Engaging, encouraging, and easy to follow, this book educates, motivates, and empowers children to work towards change. Includes a note to parents by psychologist and author Dawn Huebner, PhD.

My Anxious Mind: A Teen's Guide to Managing Anxiety and Panic
By Michael A. Tompkins and Katherine A. Martinez (2009)
Can you spare 30 minutes to feel less anxious? Go ahead. Think about how your life would be different if you were less anxious. What would change? Would you try out for the basketball team? Ask someone out on a date? Would you sleep better and feel less tense? Would you feel calmer and happier? My Anxious Mind outlines a simple and proven plan to help you understand and deal with your anxiety and panic. It is chock full of simple-to-use tools and strategies that easily fit into any teen's busy routine.

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