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Course # 66180 • Anxiety Disorders


Anxiety disorders are characterized by states of chronic, excessive dread or fear of everyday situations. The fear and avoidance can be life-impairing and disabling. Anxiety disorders result from the interaction of biopsychosocial factors, whereby genetic vulnerability interacts with situations, stress, or trauma to produce clinically significant syndromes. The influence from hereditary factors and adverse psychosocial experiences on anxiety disorder pathogenesis and pathophysiology is complex, but neuroscience advances have greatly improved the understanding of the underlying factors in the development and maintenance of anxiety disorders.

Education Category: Psychiatric / Mental Health

Release Date: 05/01/2016

Expiration Date: 04/30/2019


This intermediate course is designed for psychologists involved in the identification, treatment, and care of patients with anxiety disorders.


NetCE is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. NetCE maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Designations of Credit

NetCE designates this continuing education activity for 15 credit(s).

Course Objective

The purpose of this course is to provide psychologists with the knowledge and skills necessary to appropriately identify and treat patients with anxiety disorders.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, you should be able to:

  1. Review basic concepts related to anxiety disorders, including safety behaviors/signals and primary features.
  2. Outline the epidemiology of anxiety disorders in the United States.
  3. Describe general risk factors for and comorbidities of anxiety disorders.
  4. Describe risk factors for and the clinical course of specific anxiety disorders.
  5. Discuss the general etiology of anxiety disorders and contributing genetic, physiologic, and psychologic factors.
  6. Review the pathophysiology of specific anxiety disorders, including social anxiety disorder, agoraphobia, and specific phobia.
  7. Evaluate the clinical and diagnostic criteria for anxiety disorders presented in the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5).
  8. Analyze key components of screening for anxiety disorders.
  9. List conditions to consider in the differential diagnosis of anxiety disorders.
  10. Describe general treatment considerations for anxiety disorders, including predictors of response or nonresponse to therapy.
  11. Discuss the role of various psychotherapy approaches in the treatment of anxiety disorders.
  12. Outline pharmacotherapy options for the treatment of anxiety disorders.
  13. Review clinical issues related to the treatment of anxiety disorders.
  14. Compare and contrast the treatment recommendations for specific anxiety disorders.
  15. Analyze the evidence base supporting the efficacy of novel, emerging, and alternative/complementary approaches to the treatment of anxiety disorders.


Mark Rose, BS, MA, is a licensed psychologist and researcher in the field of alcoholism and drug addiction based in Minnesota. He has written or contributed to the authorship of numerous papers on addiction and other medical disorders and has written books on prescription opioids and alcoholism published by the Hazelden Foundation. He also serves as an Expert Advisor and Expert Witness to various law firms on matters related to substance abuse, is on the Board of Directors of the Minneapolis-based International Institute of Anti-Aging Medicine, and is a member of several professional organizations.

Faculty Disclosure

Contributing faculty, Mark Rose, BS, MA, has disclosed no relevant financial relationship with any product manufacturer or service provider mentioned.

Division Planner

James Trent, PhD

Division Planner Disclosure

The division planner has disclosed no relevant financial relationship with any product manufacturer or service provider mentioned.

About the Sponsor

The purpose of NetCE is to provide challenging curricula to assist healthcare professionals to raise their levels of expertise while fulfilling their continuing education requirements, thereby improving the quality of healthcare.

Our contributing faculty members have taken care to ensure that the information and recommendations are accurate and compatible with the standards generally accepted at the time of publication. The publisher disclaims any liability, loss or damage incurred as a consequence, directly or indirectly, of the use and application of any of the contents. Participants are cautioned about the potential risk of using limited knowledge when integrating new techniques into practice.

Disclosure Statement

It is the policy of NetCE not to accept commercial support. Furthermore, commercial interests are prohibited from distributing or providing access to this activity to learners.

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