Dr. Michael E. Portman

Recent Publications

Generalized Anxiety Disorder Across the Lifespan: An Integrative Approach

Generalized anxiety disorder is a chronic, disabling, often lifelong condition affecting millions worldwide. Yes, despite its prevalence, GAD is frequently marginalized, misdiagnosed and undertreated.

Generalized Anxiety Disorder Across the Lifespan creates a practical knowledge base for GAD, indentifying the symptoms that set it apart, both from "normal, everyday" anxiety and from other anxiety-based pathologies, and thoroughly reviewing the range of established and cutting-edge treatments. The author's developmental approach sheds some light on longstanding, clinical mysteries surrounding the disorder, among them the interplay of somatic and psychological symptoms, and the changes in symptoms as patients age.

Accessible to the novice or veteran reader, the book:

Grounds readers in the basics of GAD

Offers extensive discussion of the current psychosocial treatments for GAD

Examines the state of the art in pharmacological therapies with explanantions of the genetic and neurobiological correlates

Explores special issues, cultural considerations, treatment resistant patients, and prevention

Includes guidelines for treatment of GAD in children, adolescents, adults and older adults

Features ready-to-use assessment tools for clients across the lifespan

Generalized Anxiety Disorder Across the Lifespan is a rich resource for clinicians, researchers, and graduate students looking to improve patients' quality of life - and the quality of their care. It is both a guide to current best practice and a springboard for future innovations.


Psychiatric Annals

Anxiety has been with us since time immemorial. One could even go as far to say that some levels of anxiety and worry are part of the human condition. This is especially the case when our anxieties and worries are reactive to events and situations that warrant such emotional responses. An expert in the field has articulated, it is the "how" anxiety sufferers worry that often determines whether anxiety is pathological and not the "why."

The criteria for the diagnosis of generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) have evolved over the years, particularly in each new iteration of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual. GAD can be a challenge to diagnose and treat because of the treatment options available, and the myriad symptom overlap between GAD and other depressive/anxiety disorders.

In this special issue on generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), I was privileged to be the guest editor. The articles were all written by thought leaders in the field on GAD. These publications covered a broad range of topics and included the following titles:

Generalized Anxiety Disorder (Guest Editor Column)

Phenomenology of Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Challenges in Assessment and Diagnosis of Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Psychotherapy for Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Pharmacotherapy for Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Treatment-Refractory Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Neurobiology and Genetics of Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Conceptual Models of Generalized Anxiety Disorder