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Anxiety Disorders - OT175

Anxiety Disorders

by Debora A Davidson, PhD, OTR/l
(4.2 / 691 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Occupational Therapy (0.20 AOTA CEU)

Price: $34.00
CE-PRO Price: $17.00


Anxiety can be mild, moderate, or severe, or even escalate to panic. While mild anxiety may be protective, a severely anxious person is so focused on specific details that he or she can’t think of anything else, and behavior becomes directed toward relieving the anxiety. Panic is associated with loss of control and a sense of dread, with increased motor activity, reduced ability to relate to others, and distorted perceptions. The risk factors that contribute to this condition are complex and include genetics, brain chemistry, personality, and life events. The goal of this continuing education program is to update healthcare professionals’ clinical knowledge about changes in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition: DSM-5 regarding the current classification of anxiety disorders and screening, identifying, and treating the most common types of anxiety disorders.  


The goal of this continuing education program is to update the clinical knowledge of therapists about screening, identifying, and treating the most common types of anxiety disorders. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Define anxiety versus fear
  • Describe DSM-5 anxiety disorder classifications and symptoms
  • Identify risk factors for anxiety disorders and selected medical conditions where anxiety is present
  • Identify a general anxiety disorder (GAD) screening tool
  • Describe pharmacological and occupational therapy interventions
Content Level: Intermediate
Instructional Method: Online Course — Narrative
AOTA Classification:
Domain 1: Client factors
Domain 2: Performance skills
Process 3: Intervention
AOTA Keywords: Mental health, Psychiatric disabilities, Intervention

Accreditation Information
OnCourse Learning is an approved provider of continuing education for occupational therapists by the American Occupational Therapy Association.
OnCourse Learning is also accredited by the Florida Board of Occupational Therapy (provider # FBN 50-1489).

Course Originally Released on: 2/20/2017
Date of Most Recent Review: 2/20/2017
Course Termination/Update Date: 2/20/2020

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. OnCourse Learning guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.


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Rachael A - jenkintown, PA  ·  May 27, 2017
This course was highly approriate as a teaching tool for me as an OT in home health. Anxiety is very often unaddressed by mds it seems.I learnt a lot from 2 mentors re how to minimize The anxiety I cause as a therapist in very immediate and practical ways. Further discussion about instilling visits with calmness would be helpful. Patients with dx of ca often reference chaplains as being a most significant help re management of anxiety and fear.
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Gina E - wentzville , MO  ·  May 25, 2017
it is a great course, I would recommend it!
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Judith D - Lexington, NC  ·  May 24, 2017
informative, good example of community type treatment, example of facility treatment ie nursing home would have been helpful to me.
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Kristi B - Gibsonton, FL  ·  May 12, 2017
very informative for all disciplines
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laura c - amityville, NY  ·  May 06, 2017
this course was clear, updated and pertinent to my career
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Price: $34.00
CE-PRO Price: $17.00