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Anxiety Disorders: An Integrative Approach

2.5 Contact Hours
Target Audience: Nurses, healthcare professionals, and interested individuals
Purpose/Goal: The outcome of this course is for the learner to provide an overview of anxiety disorders, describe conventional treatment modalities, and examine integrative treatment approaches.
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Anxiety disorders are the most common, and frequently occurring, mental disorders. Anxiety is manifested by disturbances of mood, as well as of thinking, behavior, and physiological activity. The five major types of anxiety disorders include generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), social phobia disorder (or social anxiety disorder), and panic disorder.

Upon completion of the course, you will be able to do the following:

  • Describe the extent of anxiety disorders in the United States.
  • Examine the pathophysiology of anxiety.
  • Describe generalized anxiety disorder.
  • Describe obsessive-compulsive disorder.
  • Describe post-traumatic stress disorder.
  • Describe social phobia disorder.
  • Describe panic disorder.
  • Discuss the differential diagnoses for anxiety disorders.
  • Compare the types of conventional treatment approaches to anxiety.
  • Examine the types of integrative treatment approaches to anxiety.

Anxiety can be a normal response to stress, but it can become a pathologic disorder when it is excessive and uncontrollable, requires no specific external stimulus to elicit, and manifests a wide range of physical and psychological symptoms as well as changes in behavior and cognition. Anxiety is considered a normal response to stimuli when it helps the individual, for example, deal with a tense situation in the office, study harder for an exam, or stay focused on an important speech. In general, anxiety can help one cope with a stressful situation, but when it becomes an excessive, irrational dread of everyday situations, it becomes a disabling disorder (National Institute of Mental Health [NIMH], 2016).

Anxiety disorders are serious medical conditions that affect approximately 19 million American adults. Anxiety disorders cause overwhelming, even debilitating, worry, apprehension, and fear. If left untreated, these disorders can become life threatening (NIMH, 2016).

Anxiety disorders are the third most common mental disorder, after depression and substance abuse. Almost one-third of the total mental health care costs in the United States are spent on treatments for individuals with anxiety disorders (Lake, 2007).

Anxiety disorders appear to be caused by an interaction between biopsychosocial factors, including genetic vulnerability, which interact with situations, stressors, or traumas that can result in clinically significant anxiety syndromes. Genetic factors significantly influence the risk for many anxiety disorders. Environmental factors, such as early childhood trauma, can also contribute to the risk for anxiety disorders that develop later in life (Medscape, 2016).

Complete the course post exam (CE Test) with a score of 80% or greater. Complete all fields of the course evaluation form. Certificate of Completion is provided once the course post exam is passed per criteria above.

  • American Board of Managed Care Nursing
  • ANCC - American Nurses Credentialing Center
  • AOTA - American Occupational Therapy Association
  • ASWB - Association of Social Work Boards
  • California Board of Behavioral Sciences
  • California Board of Registered Nursing
  • California Department of Health, Aid, and Technician Certification Section
  • District of Columbia Board of Nursing
  • Florida Board of Nursing
  • Florida Board of Nursing - Certified Nursing Assistants
  • Florida Board of Respiratory Care
  • Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition
  • Florida Council of Licensed Midwifery
  • NAADAC - The National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors
  • NCBTMB -National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork
  • Florida Board of Massage Therapists


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Content Focus:

Occupational Therapy Process

Course Expires:

July 11, 2020

  • Cyndie Koopsen, RN, BSN, MBA, HNB-BC, RN-BC, HWNC-BC
  • Caroline Young, MPH
Jurisdictional Requirements:

Continuing education (CE) licensing requirements vary by jurisdiction, are not well defined, and may change. These CE requirements may vary in terms of the number of hours required to the types of courses that must be taken. ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC recommends you contact your licensing board or accrediting organization for the latest continuing education requirements of your state or territory. Compliance with CE requirements is the responsibility of the individual health care provider. Health care providers must understand the CE requirements in their jurisdictions, and be sure they are up-to-date on any rule changes that affect their license. For further information, please see our Accreditation Information.

Accommodations for Disabilities:

Every effort will be made to accommodate your special needs. To request accommodations, please contact us.

Conflicts of Interest and Relevant Financial Relationships:

The authors/planning committee members have no conflicts of interests or relevant financial relationships to declare relevant to this activity.

Commercial Support:

No commercial support has been received for this activity.

Non-endorsement of products:

Accreditation refers to recognition of continuing nursing education only and does not imply ALLEGRA Learning Solutions, LLC approval or endorsement of any commercial product.

Off-label Use of Products:

None of the authors intend to discuss off-label uses of drugs, mechanical devices, biologics, or diagnostics not approved by the FDA for use in the United States.