alexa The nature of worry in generalized anxiety disorder: a predominance of thought activity.
Psychiatry

Psychiatry

Journal of Psychology & Psychotherapy

Author(s): Borkovec TD, Inz J

Abstract Share this page

Indirect evidence suggests that worry primarily involves thought, rather than imaginal, activity, a distinction within cognitive process that is potentially crucial to some theories of anxiety maintenance and modification. The present study contrasted the frequencies of reporting the presence of thoughts and images among generalized anxiety disorder clients and matched, nonanxious control subjects during a self-relaxation period and a worry period. Repetition of the assessment was conducted with clients after they completed 12 sessions of therapy. Sampling of mentation during these periods revealed that (a) during relaxation, nonanxious subjects reported a predominance of imagery whereas clients show equal amounts of thought and imagery, (b) nonanxious subjects shifted to a predominance of thought during worry, and (c) clients showed a normalization of thought and image frequencies after successful therapy. This combination of results suggests that worry is principally thought-like in content. The speculation is offered that worry may function as motivated avoidance of emotional imagery and its attendant somatic sensations.

  • To read the full article Visit
  • Subscription
This article was published in Behav Res Ther and referenced in Journal of Psychology & Psychotherapy

Relevant Expert PPTs

Relevant Speaker PPTs

Recommended Conferences

Relevant Topics

Peer Reviewed Journals
 
Make the best use of Scientific Research and information from our 700 + peer reviewed, Open Access Journals
International Conferences 2017-18
 
Meet Inspiring Speakers and Experts at our 3000+ Global Annual Meetings

Contact Us

 
© 2008-2017 OMICS International - Open Access Publisher. Best viewed in Mozilla Firefox | Google Chrome | Above IE 7.0 version
adwords