Volume 16, Issue 1
COGNITIVE BEHAVIORAL TREATMENT OF GAD: CONCEPTUAL MODEL AND CLINICAL CASES
The aim of this article is to present a conceptual model, as well as a cognitive – behavioural treatment for the Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD). We first explain our model for GAD, which includes four cognitive processes involved in the development and exacerbation of the symptoms of the disorder, such as: intolerance to uncertainty, the tendency to over value the usefulness of worrying, the ineffective approach to problems, and cognitive avoidance. Later, we present our treatment protocol for GAD, which has been developed from this conceptual model. It includes 6 conceptual modules: psico - education and training in making the worries conscious; recognition of uncertainty and behavioural exposure; reappraisal of the usefulness of worrying; training in the resolution of problems; imaginary exhibition and prevention of relapses.
generalized anxiety disorder, worry, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy