Author(s)

Deborah Stevenson

Date Approved

11-16-2011

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. Applied Psychology and Professional Mental Health Counseling

Department

Psychology

College

College of Science & Mathematics

First Advisor

Miller, Matthew

Subject(s)

Anxiety disorders--Treatment

Disciplines

Psychiatric and Mental Health

Abstract

This case study evaluates the effectiveness of a manualized cognitive-behavioral therapy for the treatment of Generalized Anxiety Disorder in an adult female with comorbid Major Depressive Disorder and Social Phobia. The client voluntarily participated in outpatient individual psychotherapy offered in a private counseling facility. The client's psychosocial assessment is presented and the literature on empirical treatment and developing treatment models for Generalized Anxiety Disorder is reviewed. The client's progress in treatment and a comparison with what might be considered "best treatment" is presented. The client's Generalized Anxiety Disorder was treated using the manualized program Mastery of Your Anxiety and Worry from the Oxford University Press Treatments that Work series. The Beck Anxiety Inventory, the Beck Depression Inventory II, the Depression Anxiety Stress Scales, and the Penn State Worry Questionnaire were used as outcome measures. The results of treatment were inconclusive. Some measures show a slight reduction of symptoms and others show no change. The therapist's experience with and resulting perspective on manualized therapy is included.

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