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Anxiety + Depression: Effective Treatment of the Big Two Co-Occurring Disorders

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Margaret Wehrenberg, PsyD
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Jan 01, 2014
W.W. Norton
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Depression and anxiety are the two most common presenting issues in therapy, and very often their hallmark symptoms can be overlapping. Take, for example, a client who seems overwhelmed by constant worry, but a thorough assessment reveals that lurking underneath are feelings of loss and failure that are so central to depression.

It’s not uncommon for a client with clearly diagnosable anxiety to have symptoms of depression as well, or vice versa. As a clinician, how should you handle such a closely interwoven comorbidity? Treat them together, or separately, one at a time? Which one should you treat first, and how?

In this book, veteran clinician Margaret Wehrenberg once again offers up easy-to-use, practical therapy room strategies, walking readers through the ins and outs of this frequent dual diagnosis. Presenting the most common client types that therapists are sure to be presented with, she provides simple, effective techniques for assessment and treatment.



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Margaret Wehrenberg, PsyD, a licensed clinical psychologist, is the author of nine books on the treatment of anxiety and depression, including her most recent e-book, Pandemic Anxiety: Fear, Stress, and Loss in Traumatic Times (January, 2021), bestselling book, The 10 Best-Ever Anxiety Management Techniques (W.W. Norton, 2018), and You Can Handle It: 10 Steps to Shift Stress from Problem to Possibility (PESI, 2017). She has also written a book for the general public, The 10 Best Anxiety Busters.

An expert on the treatment of anxiety and depression, she also has extensive training and expertise in the neurobiology of psychological disorders. In addition to clinical work, she coaches business professionals on managing anxiety and has contributed articles for the Psychotherapy Networker magazine. She has produced Relaxation for Tension and Worry, audio soundtracks for breathing, muscle relaxation and imagery to use with anxious clients. Margaret blogs on depression for Psychology Today. Noted for humor, pragmatic treatment approaches, and her interactive teaching style, Dr. Wehrenberg is a sought-after speaker for conferences and trainings, consistently getting the highest ratings for her dynamic presentation and high-quality content. She is one of PESI’s most highly rated speakers and her evaluation from the most seasoned professionals often rank her training “as among the best I have ever attended.”

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Margaret Wehrenberg maintains a private practice. She receives royalties as a published author. She is an international presenter and receives compensation. Dr. Wehrenberg receives a speaking honorarium, book royalties, and recording royalties from Psychotherapy Networker and PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Margaret Wehrenberg is a member of the Anxiety Disorder Association of America.


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