Summary: A new study finds that a generic, or transdiagnostic, application of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is effective across all anxiety disorders, and it often effectively treats co-occurring disorders simultaneously. The transdiagnostic application of CBT was found to be more effective than CBT treatments that were tailored to specific anxiety disorders, such as Social Phobia, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder treatments. The implications for treatment providers includes, but are not limited to the concept that a group treatment using general CBT principles with individuals who have various anxiety disorders may be more effective than, than separating individuals into groups based on specific disorder types. In addition, psychotherapists can utilize the core CBT principles to treatment an array of problems without having to utilize specialized treatment approaches for each anxiety disorder. the author states that “The findings are the result of a decade of research, four separate clinical trials and the completion of a five-year grant funded by the National Institute of Mental Health.”
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University of Houston (2012, June 28). Cognitive-behavioral therapy effective in combatting anxiety disorders, study suggests.