Fears, Phobias, and Rituals

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

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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 of fear-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-related syndromes. 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, and obsessive-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 of over 2,100 entries makes it an invaluable reference.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 704 pages
  • 158 x 234 x 52mm | 1,239.98g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195039270
  • 9780195039276
  • 1,294,677

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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 broad exploration of the sources and mechanisms of fear and defensive behavior.show more

Table of contents

NORMAL FEAR: Fear, defense and evolution; Situations which evoke fear; Fear behaviours: The four strategies; Some fear adaptations; ETIOLOGY: Development of fear; Genetics of fear; Physiology of fear; Learning of fear; CLINICAL SYNDROMES: Phobic and obsessive-compulsive phenomena: Classification, prevalence and relationship to other problems; The agoraphobic syndrome (panic disorder with agoraphobia): Social and specific phobias; Traumatic phobias, illness phobias, and children's phobias; Obsessive-compulsive disorders (OCD); TREATMENT: Psychological treatment: Principles; Psychological treatment: Clinical issues; Physical treatment of phobic and obsessive-compulsive disorders.show more

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A major scientific treatise on all aspects of fear, both normal and pathological, and is distinguished by its clarity, careful analysis of difficult material, and judicious evaluation of experimental evidence...magnificent book which...will almost certainly remain the standard work on the subject at least until the next revision. Psychiatrists, psychologists and ethologists will all find much to interest and even fascinate them. * The British Journal of Psychiatry * Will give new life to the study of the psychopathological processes. Whatever the shortcomings in the principles, he relates the techniques to a psychopathology elaborated from detailed experimental findings. He must be praised too for the efforts he has made in the face of formidable difficulties to evaluate the results of the various forms of behavioural treatment. * British Medical Journal *show more