The Role of Positive Beliefs about Worry in Generalized Anxiety Disorder and its Treatment

T. D. Borkovec, H. Hazlett-Stevens, M. L. Diaz

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Abstract

Individuals suffering from generalized anxiety disorder hold a variety of beliefs about the possible benefits of their worrying. The present article suggests that these beliefs emerge from both short-term and long-term experiences with negative reinforcement of the worry process. Elements of treatment that target these beliefs within a general cognitive behavioral therapy approach for this disorder are briefly described, and a case transcript, exemplifying both the relevance of positive beliefs in GAD cases and the potential importance of modifying those beliefs, is presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)126-138
Number of pages13
JournalClinical Psychology and Psychotherapy
Volume6
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1999

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Clinical Psychology

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