n African Journal of Psychiatry - Generalized Anxiety Disorder Across the Lifespan : An Integrative Approach, Michael E. Portman : book review

Volume 12, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1994-8220



Two aspects of this book are striking. The first is that "integrative approach" is not just a part of its title. Indeed, integration is the underlying philosophy of this work, which is, therefore, a truly integrative effort to present our current understanding of generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) and its treatment. Although a larger part of the book describes psychological models and psychological treatment of GAD, there is adequate information on neurobiological approaches and pharmacological treatment, with a good balance achieved between the two. The second aspect of the book that I found striking and that I liked is that it often emphasizes what every good clinician knows, but is sorely missing from much of the contemporary literature in psychiatry and clinical psychology : the fact that our patients have different preferences and goals, a need for clinicians to respect that, be flexible, and adapt their treatment strategy to these preferences and goals, and the importance of the patient-therapist relationship and clinical experience.

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