Behavioral activation for anxiety disorders

Derek R. Hopko, Sarah M. C. Robertson, C. W. Lejuez
2006 The Behavior Analyst Today  
Accumulating data suggest that behavioral activation interventions may be an effective approach to treating clinical depression. Given the high comorbidity and construct overlap between anxiety and mood disorders, a conceptually and methodologically integrated intervention that addresses symptoms of both conditions is indicated. As a means to this end, two questions are addressed. First, is the construct overlap and functional similarities of anxiety and mood disorders substantial enough to
more » ... ntial enough to warrant an integrated intervention? Second, are behavioral activation treatments conceptually compatible with traditional behavioral interventions for anxiety disorders? To address these questions, behavioral activation interventions and their underlying principles briefly are described, followed by a functional analytic framework in which depressive and anxiety based symptom patterns are viewed as conceptually parallel in the context of a general negative affective syndrome. Finally, practical applications of behavioral activation for anxiety are discussed, and a case illustration is presented to highlight how behavioral activation may be used to treat a patient with coexistent anxiety and depressive pathology.
doi:10.1037/h0100084 fatcat:zrslup4gkvdgldlqd27fv3zgoq