Assessment of anxiety disorders and obsessive-compulsive disorder

Lorna Peters, Lauren McLellan, Keila Brockveld

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    The current chapter reviews assessment of anxiety disorders and obsessive-compulsive disorder in adults for answering clinical questions about diagnosis and severity of the anxiety disorder; case formulation and treatment planning; monitoring of progress throughout treatment; and measurement of treatment outcome. Evidence-based assessment of adult anxiety disorders includes the use of semi-structured diagnostic interviews, self-report measures (questionnaires), clinician-rated measures, and behavioral assessment techniques. The current chapter necessarily reviews only the most prominent tools used for assessment of adult anxiety disorders. For each anxiety disorder discussed in this chapter, we review assessment methods and recommend an assessment battery that would include a structured diagnostic interview, a brief measure of severity that can be administered throughout treatment to monitor progress, and a selection of measures (e.g., a self-report measure and a behavioral assessment) that allows for case formulation and tailoring of evidence-based treatment to the client’s individual needs.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationThe Cambridge handbook of clinical assessment and diagnosis
    EditorsMartin Sellbom, Julie A. Suhr
    Place of PublicationCambridge, UK
    PublisherCambridge University Press (CUP)
    Number of pages17
    ISBN (Electronic)9781108235433
    ISBN (Print)9781108402491, 9781108415910
    Publication statusPublished - 2020

    Publication series

    NameCambridge handbooks in psychology


    • anxiety disorders
    • assessment
    • diagnosis
    • obsessive-compulsive disorder
    • outcome-monitoring


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