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date: 21 November 2019

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Anxiety and related disorders are some of the most common mental disorders. In the absence of treatment, these disorders follow a chronic, persistent course that results in significant distress and functional impairment across various domains of the individual’s life. We will present here the contemporary cognitive-behavioral approaches for treating adults with generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, social anxiety disorder, panic disorder, specific phobia, and posttraumatic stress disorder. Following a brief definition of the diagnostic features and possible etiological factors, we discuss for each disorder the specific cognitive-behavioral treatment strategies, their empirical support, and a comparison to other existing psychological or pharmacological treatment approaches. We conclude with a summary of the current status and recommendations for future research.

Keywords: cognitive-behavioral therapy, generalized anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, social anxiety disorder, panic disorder, specific phobias, posttraumatic stress disorder

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