Anxiety Disorders

Critical Thinking Question

Describe how cognitive theories of the etiology of anxiety disorders differ from learning theories.

Hint:

Learning theories suggest that some anxiety disorders, especially specific phobia, can develop through a number of learning mechanisms. These mechanisms can include classical and operant conditioning, modeling, or vicarious learning. Cognitive theories, in contrast, assume that some anxiety disorder, especially panic disorder, develop through cognitive misinterpretations of anxiety and other symptoms.