Managing Anxiety Disorders in Primary Care

Lee David

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Format: Paperback

Publication date: June 4, 2020

Pages: 332 pages

ISBN: 9781911510390 Related titles: Tag:

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A practical guide to help improve the recognition and treatment of anxiety disorders in primary care.

Making a diagnosis of anxiety can be challenging in primary care, and for this reason many patients remain undiagnosed and untreated.

Patients with undiagnosed anxiety disorders may not receive appropriate treatment and may also undergo unnecessary and costly investigations for their physical symptoms. Anxiety disorders can interfere with the management of patients’ physical health and may be associated with worsening outcomes for coexisting chronic physical disorders. 

However, if the anxiety disorders are correctly identified, patients can be offered effective treatments, including self-help, psychological therapy and medication, which will in turn help to improve their physical health and wellbeing.

Managing Anxiety Disorders is a practical guide to help those working in primary care to recognise and treat anxiety disorders. Using a consistent approach it provides an overview of the most common anxiety disorders and for each describes how to:

  • recognise each disorder
  • make the diagnosis
  • explain the condition to patients
  • manage each disorder, including using simple 10 minute CBT strategies to encourage self-help

It also includes practical case studies to illustrate how different anxiety disorders may present in primary care, and how GPs might begin to assess and manage patients with these conditions.

1. Understanding anxiety disorders
2. Initial assessment of anxiety disorders
3. Management of anxiety disorders
4. 10 minute CBT for anxiety
5. Generalised anxiety disorder
6. Panic disorder
7. Agoraphobia
8. Specific phobias
9. Social anxiety
10. Obsessive–compulsive disorder
11. Body dysmorphic disorder
12. Post-traumatic stress disorder
13. Health anxiety
References and further reading

Must read book
‘Dr Lee David is well known for her excellent work about CBT in General Practice. This new book "Managing Anxiety Disorders in Primary care" does not disappoint! This book is well written and covers the whole field of Anxiety Disorders in Primary Care. It gives a clear and a comprehensive overview of the disorders and practical treatment options available.
A must read for all who work in Primary Care and beyond.' Amazon reviewer

An essential addition to the GP's bookshelf
'This is a "must read" for anyone working in primary care. It is a fabulous book, covering all of the common anxiety disorders. It is well set out in easy to access sections and is a great resource to help with the diagnosis and management of the most commonly encountered anxiety disorders within a primary care setting.' Amazon reviewer

A VERY useful and practical book
‘I highly recommend this useful and practical book aimed at GPs and anyone else working in primary care. The book covers each anxiety disorder in detail, broken down into useful sections, and includes an overview of each condition and some simple self-help strategies that can be used to support patients. We are seeing such a lot of anxiety at the moment and I found this book to be really helpful in differentiating the types of anxiety and then summarising the key management options.' Amazon reviewer

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