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(p. 38) The Unified Protocol for Anxiety Disorders 

(p. 38) The Unified Protocol for Anxiety Disorders
(p. 38) The Unified Protocol for Anxiety Disorders

Laren R. Conklin

, Todd J. Farchione

, and Steven Dufour

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date: 09 May 2021

Of any cluster of illnesses outlined in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), none is more prevalent, likely to serve as a comorbid diagnosis, or costly in the United States than anxiety disorders. This chapter outlines the applications of the Unified Protocol for Transdiagnostic Treatment of Emotional Disorders (UP) for the treatment of such disorders. First, we briefly review the background research that provides context for the use of transdiagnostic treatment for anxiety disorders. The UP, with its intent to target comorbidity, is an approach that can be especially helpful for therapists who want to use an evidence-based treatment, prefer the structure of a manualized protocol, and value the benefits that a workbook can bring to patients. We then present two clinical case studies to demonstrate how each individual module of the UP maps onto typical cases of principal and comorbid anxiety. Recommendations for specific methods of protocol implementation are also described.

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