Fears, Phobias and Rituals: Panic, Anxiety, and Their Disorders

Hardcover | March 1, 1988

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This book draws on fields as diverse as biochemistry, physiology, pharmacology, psychology, psychiatry, and ethology, to form a fascinating synthesis of information on the nature of fear and of panic and anxiety disorders. Dr. Marks offers both a detailed discussion of the clinical aspects offear-related syndromes and a broad exploration of the sources and mechanisms of fear and defensive behavior. Dealing first with normal fear, he establishes a firm, scientific basis for understanding it. He then presents a thorough analysis of the development, symptoms and treatment of fear-relatedsyndromes. Phobic and obsessive-compulsive disorders are examined in detail. The book is illustrated with examples of fear and defensive behavior in other living organisms. By drawing provocative analogies between animal and human behavior, it sheds new light on the origins of fears, phobias, andobsessive-compulsive problems, as well as on their treatment by drugs and psychological means. Clinical psychologists, ethologists, and anyone interested in the mechanisms of behavior will be fascinated by this authoritative study. The text is intriguing and informative, and the bibliography ofover 2,100 entries makes it an invaluable reference.

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Drawing on fields as diverse as genetics, biochemistry, physiology, pharmacology, psychology, psychiatry, and ethology, Isaac Marks has written a fascinating synthesis of information on the nature of fear, panic, and anxiety disorders. His book offers both a detailed discussion of the clinical aspects of fear-related syndromes and a br...

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This book draws on fields as diverse as biochemistry, physiology, pharmacology, psychology, psychiatry, and ethology, to form a fascinating synthesis of information on the nature of fear and of panic and anxiety disorders. Dr. Marks offers both a detailed discussion of the clinical aspects offear-related syndromes and a broad explorat...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:704 pages, 6.5 × 9.57 × 1.54 inPublished:March 1, 1988Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195039270

ISBN - 13:9780195039276

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Table of Contents

PART I: NORMAL FEAR1. Fear, Defense and Evolution2. Situations Which Evoke Fear3. Fear Behaviors: The Four Strategies4. Some Fear AdaptationsPART II: ETIOLOGY5. Development of Fear6. Genetics of Fear7. Physiology of Fear8. Learning of FearPART III: CLINICAL SYNDROMES9. Phobic and Obsessive-Compulsive Phenomena: Classification, Prevalence and Relationship to Other Problems10. The Agoraphobic Syndrome (Panic Disorder with Agoraphobia)11. Social and Specific Phobias12. Traumatic Phobias, Illness Phobias, and Children's Phobias13. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders (OCD)PART IV: TREATMENT14. Psychological Treatment: Principles15. Psychological Treatment: Clinical Issues16. Physical Treatments of Phobic and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders

From Our Editors

Drawing on fields as diverse as genetics, biochemistry, physiology, pharmacology, psychology, psychiatry, and ethology, Isaac Marks has written a fascinating synthesis of information on the nature of fear, panic, and anxiety disorders. His book offers both a detailed discussion of the clinical aspects of fear-related syndromes and a broad exploration of the sources and mechanisms of fear and defensive behavior.

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"This is a scholarly, lucidly written text. The author has impressively drawn from the literature of many diverse fields of research....A comprehensive text on the anxiety disorders, with over 2,000 references. It should be of interest both to the clinician in the field--who is often facedwith patients resistant to either biological or psychotherapeutic treatments--and to the anxiety researcher, because of its breadth of coverage and integration of a diverse literature."--The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease