Targeting anxiety sensitivity as a prevention strategy

  title={Targeting anxiety sensitivity as a prevention strategy},
  author={Norman B. Schmidt and Nicholas P. Allan and Ashley A. Knapp and Daniel W Capron},
  journal={The Clinician's Guide to Anxiety Sensitivity Treatment and Assessment},
Abstract Psychopathology in general and anxiety disorders in particular represent massive public health burdens due to their prevalence and chronicity, which results in substantial impairment across the lifespan. A multifaceted approach is needed to effectively address issues that require increased attention to prevention efforts. Indeed, there have been numerous calls to increase efforts to address mental health problems from a preventive perspective (e.g., American Academy of Child and… 
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