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October 1971

Treatment of Anxiety States

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Psychiatry, University of Chicago, Chicago.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1971;25(4):298-305. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1971.01750160010003

This clinical and theoretical paper discusses the broad areas of similatity and overlap that exist between behavior therapy and psychoanalytically oriented psychotherapy. It opens with a fantasy of the origins of anxiety and of psychotherapy followed by some historical and contemporary definitions from both points of view. A final common pathway of theory and technique is suggested and illustrated with two case vignettes.

"Anyone who wants to make a living from the treatment of nervous patients must clearly be able to do something to help them."1

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