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Treatment of Anxiety Disorders

Treatment of Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety disorders are common in both primary care and psychiatric practice. Clients with anxiety disorders including generalized anxiety disorders, agoraphobia, and other specific phobias will present to the PMHNP’s office with a significant level of distress. Successful recognition and treatment of anxiety disorders includes an accurate diagnostic assessment with a treatment plan that includes a combination of psychopharmacology and psychotherapy. Although psychoanalytic theories are based on the concept of anxiety, the more recent standard of care is with the cognitive-behavioral therapies.

In this Discussion, you will analyze evidence-based treatment plans for clients with anxiety disorders.

Learning Objectives

Students will:

· Analyze differences between adjustments disorders and social anxiety disorders

· Analyze diagnostic criteria for social anxiety disorders

· Analyze evidence-based psychotherapy and psychopharmacologic treatment for anxiety disorders

· Compare differential diagnostic features of anxiety disorders

To prepare for this Discussion:

· Assigned Discussion is Social Anxiety Disorder.

· Review the Learning Resources.

By Day 3

Post: Social Anxiety Disorder

· Explain the difference between an adjustment disorder and social anxiety disorder. Provide examples to illustrate your rationale.

· Explain the diagnostic criteria for social anxiety disorder.

· Explain the evidenced-based psychotherapy and psychopharmacologic treatment for social anxiety disorder.

· Support your rationale with references to the Learning Resources or other academic resource.