Lecture: Effective psychological treatments for anxiety disorders: Science, policy and economics


Professor David Clark, FBA, King’s College London, Friday, 17 October 2008, 5.30pm – 6.30pm, followed by a drinks reception at the Sheikh Zyed Theatre, New Academic Building, London School of Economics, 54 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London WC2
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Persistent problems with anxiety are common and disabling. A cognitive science approach to developing new and effective psychological treatments for anxiety is described and illustrated. The approach assumes that excessively negative beliefs about the dangerousness of certain situations and/or internal states (thoughts, images, body sensations) lie at the heart of anxiety disorders. Treatment (termed “cognitive therapy”) focuses on changing such beliefs and the factors that maintain them. Randomized controlled trials have shown that cognitive therapy is highly effective. However, it is often not available. Ways of overcoming obstacles to dissemination are discussed, with a particular emphasis on the Government’s new “Improving Access to Psychological Therapies” initiative.

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