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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.
- 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
- and more.
Index. Appendix. Bibliography. Cross-references.
About the Author(s)
Ronald M. Doctor, Ph.D., is a professor in the Department of Psychology at California State University in Northridge. He is also a reviewer for several professional journals in behavior and personality research and has contributed to many textbooks and technical journals.
Ada P. Kahn holds a Ph.D. in public health and is the author of The Encyclopedia of Mental Health, Third Edition; The Encyclopedia of Work-Related Illnesses, Injuries, and Health Issues; and The Encyclopedia of Stress and Stress-Related Diseases, Second Edition. Several of her Facts On File books have won awards from the American Medical Writers Association and the Illinois Woman’s Press Association. She lives in Illinois.
Christine Adamec has written 14 books under her own name as well as more than 800 features, including many medical articles and reports. She has ghostwritten numerous medical articles and six medical books for physicians on topics such as arthritis, back pain, and migraines. She has written several books for Facts On File, including The Encyclopedia of Adoption, Third Edition; The Encyclopedia of Child Abuse, Third Edition; and The Encyclopedia of Senior Health and Well-Being, all in the Facts On File Library of Health and Living series. Adamec lives in Florida.