Anxiety as Symptom and Signal by Steven P. Roose, Robert A. Glick

By Steven P. Roose, Robert A. Glick

The notion of tension has lengthy held a primary position in psychoanalytic theories of brain and treatment.  but, lately, information from the neurosciences and from pharmacological reports have posed a compelling problem to psychoanalytic types of anxiety.  One significant final result of those experiences is the conclusion that anxiousness either organizes and disorganizes, that it may be either symptom and signal.  In Anxiety as Symptom and Signal, editors Steven Roose and Robert Glick have introduced jointly exceptional members to deal with those diverse dimensions of anxiety.  a piece of unique papers on "Anxiety as Symptom" covers evolutionary, neuroanatomical, genetic, and developmental perspectives.  A complementary part on "Anxiety as sign" specializes in the meanings and capabilities of tension within the medical approach; contributions tackle anxiousness in its ego-psychological, intersubjective, and relational dimensions.

The illuminating, readable assortment will expand clinicians' know-how of the various learn findings that now tell our realizing of anxiety.  No much less importantly, it is going to deepen their appreciation of the richly variegated ways in which anxiousness can form, and be formed via, the scientific procedure.

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The role of specific signal cues, the importance of memory for traumatic events, the occurrence of anxiety in the setting of early separation, and the adaptive value of states of enhanced attention to clues of danger are all illustrated in the examples that follow. I have chosen a single-celled organism, a bacterium; a marine invertebrate, the sea hare; a common vertebrate mammal, the rat; and "one of us," a primate. Using these examples, I hope to illustrate some of the aspects of anxiety that are likely to have evolved first and aspects appearing to be later acquisitions during stages in evolution taken by our ancestors over hundreds of millions of years.

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