Tough-to-Treat Anxiety

Hidden Problems & Effective Solutions for Your Clients

Margaret Wehrenberg (Author)

Overview | Contents

How to recognize common obstacles to anxiety treatment and overcome complicating factors.

Most people with mental health challenges of any kind are burdened by anxiety. In many cases, their anxiety symptoms are what prompt them to seek therapy in the first place. Unfortunately, these people also often have difficulty using standard anxiety treatment protocols, and problems heap upon themselves.

When anxiety is tough to treat, dual conditions may be blocking treatment. This clinical casebook identifies symptoms that may indicate these obstacles, helping mental health professionals recognize conditions that coexist with anxiety—such as autism spectrum disorder, addiction, OCD, and depression. Margaret Wehrenberg breaks down this information into three parts: generalized anxiety, panic disorder, and social anxiety disorder. Each section describes a typical symptom pattern for each, how other disorders may complicate treatment, and examples of successful interventions. The book is organized by profiles of common conditions matched with an anxiety type, including "The Illogical Worrier" (generalized anxiety and OCD) and "The Meltdown Panicker" (panic disorder and autism spectrum disorder). 

Drawing from a career's worth of experience as a therapist supported by scholarly research, Tough-to-Treat Anxiety provides treatment methods for anxiety that resists remission. By highlighting commonly experience difficulties, this book jump starts the therapeutic journey to relief. 

Book Details

  • Paperback
  • August 2017
  • ISBN 978-0-393-71102-8
  • 8 × 10 in / 288 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide

Endorsements & Reviews

“Drawing on her over forty years’ experience, Wehrenberg’s book serves as an indispensable guide for those who treat anxiety. Packed full of helpful strategies, techniques, and case studies, it demystifies anxiety and its treatment, while empowering those who struggle with it.” — Psych Central

“Margaret Wehrenberg offers her experience, creativity, and insight to clinicians who are looking to answer the question 'What else might be going on?' with their anxious clients. This book serves as a guide and an opportunity to brainstorm with a compassionate expert. Wehrenberg offers examples, language, and strategies that help us to untangle and understand the avoidance, anger, and rigidity of those whose anxiety is a part of a larger clinical picture.” — Lynn Lyons, LICSW, author of Anxious Kids, Anxious Adults: 7 Ways to Stop the Worry Cycle and Raise Courageous & Independent Children

“This remarkably accessible and clear volume looks calmly and authoritatively at how to diagnose and treat the most complicated kinds of anxiety. It is thoroughly organized to be detailed and reassuring for the newer clinician and provide a handy reference for a seasoned therapist needing some expert consultation on a really tough case. Finally, we have in one marvelous book a trove of strategies to diagnose, educate, support, and treat our most worried patients.” — Martha B. Straus, PhD, Professor of Clinical Psychology, Antioch University

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