Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Anxiety Disorders: A by John P. Forsyth, Georg H. Eifert

By John P. Forsyth, Georg H. Eifert

This much-anticipated publication is the 1st how-to consultant to provide a close and useful program of reputation and dedication remedy (ACT) to the remedy of people being affected by any of the huge category of tension issues. In a lucid and readable variety, the e-book brings to existence the ACT method of assuaging human pain. The ebook offers transparent and versatile, session-by-session instructions for making use of and integrating popularity, mindfulness, and value-guided habit switch tools right into a strong and powerful anxiousness remedy process. It deals ideas that paintings to take away boundaries to alter and foster significant circulation ahead. Theoretical details within the ebook is supported by means of designated examples of person treatment classes, worksheets, and experiential exercises—as good as new overview measures that make studying and educating those innovations effortless and fascinating.

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This is true even when fear and anxiety occur with great intensity. It is true even when fear and anxiety occur on a learned basis in response to a trauma. Consider, for instance, a client who has been bitten by a pit bull and subsequently experiences a strong fear response when encountering the same or similar dogs. Here, the tendency would be to describe the client’s problems as a specific phobia—animal type. Yet, avoiding such dogs is not disordered or abnormal—it is a sensible response that is designed to avert another attack or injury and protect the client’s physical health.

These types of actions are in some cases reflexive and occur on an unconditioned (unlearned) basis, as when we close our eyes and turn our heads sideways in response to an object that flies toward us. In other cases, these actions occur on a learned (conditioned) basis, often with the help of language. Thus, when we take evasive action and jump to our left because someone shouts “danger on your right,” we are doing so, in part, because of language learning. Even anxiety and worry about some future event that could threaten our livelihood can be useful and adaptive.

In other words, they avoid all the negative affect associated with the threat … [As a result] they may avoid much of the unpleasantness associated with the negative affect and imagery, but they are never able to work through their problems and arrive at solutions. Therefore they become chronic worriers, with accompanying autonomic inflexibility and quite severe muscle tension. Thus, intense worrying for an individual with GAD may serve the same maladaptive purpose as avoidance does for 28 Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Anxiety people with phobias.

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