Emotional Schemas and Resistance to Change in Anxiety Disorders
Cognitive-behavioral treatment for all anxiety disorders involves exposure to feared situations and feared emotions. Dropout from therapy is a continued problem for final treatment effectiveness. A meta-emotional model of fear of negative emotions (and anxious sensations and thoughts) is advanced that can be used as a transdiagnostic treatment model for anxiety disorders. According to this model, anxious individuals hold theories of anxiety that interfere with effective treatment. Specific treatment recommendations are developed from this model to counter roadblocks in cognitive-behavioral therapy of the various anxiety disorders. © 2006.
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