Cognitive theories of generalized anxiety disorder.

  title={Cognitive theories of generalized anxiety disorder.},
  author={Deane E Aikins and Michelle G Craske},
  journal={The Psychiatric clinics of North America},
  volume={24 1},
  pages={57-74, vi}
The hallmark feature of generalized anxiety disorder, worry, has been hypothesized to be a key factor in the production of threat-related information-processing biases in the domains of attention, memory, interpretation of ambiguity, and problem solving; however, worry and cognitive biases are not unique to generalized anxiety disorder. What may be unique to generalized anxiety disorder is the pervasive use of worry as a strategy to avoid intense negative effect and the broad domains in which… CONTINUE READING

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