The Encyclopedia of Phobias, Fears, and Anxieties

The Encyclopedia of Phobias, Fears, and Anxieties

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Baker & Taylor
A collection of clear, comprehensive, and up-to-date resources for understanding and coping with the complexities of modern health and social concerns provides an objective overview of each topic profiled, covering essential facts and the wider social ramifications of the subject.

Book News
Anxiety disorders are the most common type of mental illness in the US. Phobias to common or unusual natural, social, and other objects of fear are also prevalent worldwide. In this update of the 2000 and 1989 editions, Doctor (psychology, California State U., Northridge) and fellow writers on health issues present a theoretical and historical overview of phobias in introducing entries relating to phobias, fears, and anxieties from fear of abandonment to fear of writing (graphophobia). Treatments covered include desensitization techniques, therapy groups, medications, and complementary therapies. The volume includes a resource directory and references categorized by topic. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Facts on File
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" easy reference source to use...recommended for health sciences, academic, and large public libraries." Choice

"...has become a standard core reference work..." Booklist

An estimated 19.2 million adults in the United States have experienced some form of phobia, ranging from the common fear of large dogs to the unusual fear of gravity, fear of developing a fever, or fear of strange people. Anxiety disorders are the most common form of mental illness in the U.S., afflicting approximately 13.3 percent of all adults. Although phobias and anxiety disorders can be devastating, there are many effective treatments and therapies that can lead to successful outcomes.

The Encyclopedia of Phobias, Fears, and Anxieties, Third Edition covers all aspects of these mental disorders, from the mildest to the severest. More than 2,000 up-to-date entries explain all aspects of this topic, from defining anxieties, fears, and phobias to specific types of phobias, and from causes and symptoms to treatments. An introduction provides a historical overview of the subject, and an appendix includes a helpful directory of resources.

Entries include:
  • Affective disorders
  • Basic anxiety
  • Childhood anxieties, fears, and phobias
  • Encounter group therapy
  • General adaptation syndrome
  • Implosion/implosive therapy
  • Light therapy
  • Multimodal behavior therapy
  • Panic, panic attacks, and panic disorder
  • Trauma
  • and more.

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Explains the meaning of terms and concepts related to specific phobias, forms of therapy, and medicines, and identifies key researchers.

Publisher: New York : Facts On File, c2008
Edition: 3rd ed
ISBN: 9780816064533
Branch Call Number: REF 616.8522 DOC
Characteristics: xviii, 572 p. :,ill. ;,25 cm.
Additional Contributors: Adamec, Christine A. 1949-
Kahn, Ada P.
Alternative Title: Phobias, fears, and anxieties


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