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Working with Generalised Anxiety Disorder

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At present 40% of disability worldwide is due to depression and anxiety. The most recent Psychiatric Morbidity Survey reports that there are 6 million people in the UK suffering with these problems: approximately 3 million with depression as their primary problem and 3 million with an anxiety disorder. Generalised anxiety disorder was the most commonly identified common mental health disorder in 2014, followed by depressive episodes. The absolute numbers of both have been increasing exponentially in the last years.

Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is a most common anxiety condition, estimated to affect up to 5% of the UK population. Slightly more women are affected than men, and the condition is more prevalent in people from the ages of 35 to 59.

NICE guidelines for Generalized anxiety disorder(Last revised in October 2017) recommend low- and high-intensity CBT as a treatment of choice for GAD.

Issues covered include:

  • Definition of GAD, associated problems and differentiation from OCD and phobic reactions
  • Introduction to 3 models of GAD
  • Cognitive Avoidance Model (Borkevec)
  • Uncertainty Intolerance Model (Ladouceur)
  • Metacognitive theory (Wells)
  • Common pitfalls in working with GAD
  • Addressing issues of affect avoidance
  • Increasing curiosity and cognitive flexibility
  • The use of Socratic Questioning and Behavioural Experiments to address clients’ beliefs in “the need to worry”
  • The use of “Attentional Training” with GAD
  • Helping clients to distinguish between soluble and insoluble problems


Location London
Category Talking Therapies
Details of Event
Start date 25 Mar 2019
Venue Address The British Psychological Society, 30 Tabernacle Street, London, EC2A 4UE
Amount £348
Organiser SDS Seminars
Speaker Paul Grantham
Contact No. 01825 763710
Keywords anxiety, Cognitive Behavioraltherapy (CBT), Psychology, Psychotherapy, Therapy
Regions Greater London