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Readership: The educated lay reader is the main audience for
this book, although academics in a variety of fields who study mental illness in general and anxiety in particular will also be interested. The book is relevant to psychiatrists, psychologists, sociologists, social workers, public health researchers, and anthropologists among others.
Students in upper-level undergraduate and graduate topics in any discipline in courses that deal with mental illness will also be interested in this book.
Allan V. Horwitz, PhD, Board of Governors Professor of Sociology, Rutgers University, and Jerome C. Wakefield, DSW, PhD, University Professor; Professor of Social Work; Professor of the Conceptual Foundations of Psychiatry, New York University
Allan V. Horwitz is Board of Governors Professor of Sociology at Rutgers University. He is the author of numerous articles and books on various aspects of the sociology of mental illness including The Social Control of Mental Illness, Creating Mental Illness,, and, with Jerome C. Wakefield, The Loss of Sadness (Oxford University Press). He is the
recipient of the Pearlin Award for lifetime Achievement in the Sociology of Mental Health from the American Sociological Association.
Jerome C. Wakefield is University Professor and Professor of Social Work at New York University. His previous faculty appointments were at the University of Chicago, Columbia University, and Rutgers University. Holding doctorates in both Social Work and Philosophy, he has published many articles on the conceptual foundations of psychiatry, especially on the concept of mental disorder and related topics at the intersection of philosophy and the mental health professions.
"'... does an excellent job at explaining the history and calling into question the present state of anxiety diagnosing.'" - Sacramento Book Review
"This is a well-written critique of different ways of classifying anxiety disorders. I particularly liked the historical review of thinking about anxiety, spanning classical authors, the age of neurasthenia and Freud." - The British Journal of Psychiatry, Feb 2013
"This book poses a number of challenging conceptual and practical questions for psychiatry and will be of interest to clinicians and researchers al1ke." - The Psychologist, March
"An interesting an thought-provoking perspective. It is recommended to anyone who is interested in the foundational issues of psychiatric diagnosis." - Journal of the Norwegian Medical Society
Chapter One: The Puzzle of Anxiety Disorders
Chapter Two: An Evolutionary Approach to Normal and Pathological Anxiety
Chapter Three: Normal, Pathological, and Mismatched Anxiousness
Chapter Four: A Short History of Anxiety and Its Disorders
Chapter 5: The Validity of the DSM Diagnostic Criteria for Anxiety Disorders
Chapter Six: Fear and Anxiety in the Community
Chapter Seven: PTSD
Chapter Eight: The Transformation of Anxiety into Depression
Chapter Nine: Setting Boundaries between Natural Fears and Anxiety Disorders
Click here to read the author's post on the OUP Blog Do you know what's normal? Read this article in the Journal of Psychosocial Nursing Crazy Sad: The madness of pathologizing grief. Read this article in the New York magazine Read this
article 'Our New Era of Anxiety' by the authors, published in Salon Read this article 'In the Age of Anxiety, are we all mentally ill?' that featured in Reuters 'Are We Overdiagnosing Anxiety?' - read this feature article in Rutgers