Mindfulness and Acceptance-Based Behavioral Therapies for Anxiety Disorders

Curr Psychiatry Rep. 2013 Nov;15(11):410. doi: 10.1007/s11920-013-0410-3.

Abstract

This article presents a brief conceptual overview of acceptance-based behavioral therapies (ABBTs) for anxiety disorders, followed by a review and summary of the recent efficacy studies of ABBTs for anxiety and comorbid disorders. We discuss clinical implications, including the importance of targeting reactivity and experiential avoidance in interventions for anxiety disorders through the use of mindfulness and other acceptance-based strategies, as well the encouragement of engagement in meaningful activities or valued action. We also address future directions for research, such as expanding research to include more randomized control trials comparing ABBTs for specific anxiety disorders to other active treatments, examining mechanisms of change, exploring adaptations in different care-delivery contexts, as well as determining the applicability of these approaches to clients from marginalized or non-dominant statuses.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Anxiety Disorders / psychology
  • Anxiety Disorders / therapy*
  • Behavior Therapy / methods*
  • Clinical Trials as Topic
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy / methods
  • Humans