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A Major Error in the Evaluation of Psychological Treatments for Anxiety

A Major Error in the Evaluation of Psychological Treatments for Anxiety

David H. Barlow

A number of years ago, with the help of a large grant from the National Institute of Mental Health, my clinical research team and I were evaluating new treatments for generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), which consists of a debilitating and almost continuous experience of anxiety characterized by intense worry about any number of different situations and a state of very unpleasant arousal and muscle tension (Barlow, Rapee, & Brown, 1992). These individuals are always anticipating the next disaster that might be around the corner and so are in a continual state of anxious readiness that often results in substantial fatigue by the end of the ...

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