Targeted Network Meeting
Anxiety disorders across the life span

Anxiety Disorders are the most common mental disorders. These disorders are most frequent between 20 and 50 years of age, but pathological anxiety may play a role across the whole life span. Expected outputs: a proposal to the Scientific Programme Committee for a symposium to be submitted for the 33th ECNP Congress; a summary statement for the ECNP website, and a comprehensive review to be submitted to European Neuropsychopharmacology. The programme is divided into 3 blocks: 1.) Separation anxiety disorder – the ‘new adult on the block’ Before DSM-5, separation anxiety disorder was described as a childhood disorder that seldom persists into adulthood, but empirical studies have demonstrated that adult separation anxiety disorder is more common than suggested. At present, new research on adult separation anxiety disorder is just emerging. In this session, clinical, neurobiological and epidemiological aspects of the disorder will be presented. 2.) Prevention and treatment of anxiety disorders: the who, when and what According to international treatment guidelines and meta-analyses, treatment of anxiety disorders with psychotherapy and medication is well-established, effective, and well-tolerated. Yet, little is known on the effective prevention of anxiety disorders. This session is aimed at identifying strategies for early interventions in people at risk for anxiety disorders. 3.) Anxiety Disorders: determining mental and somatic health in the long run Although anxiety disorders are most common in mid-age adults, they may persist into old age. In elderly patients, the comorbidity with depression and somatic disorders is a challenge.
coordinators: Borwin Bandelow, Germany
Katharina Domschke, Germany
Wednesday 10 October 2018

08:00 - 15:00

Room 118
08:00 - 09:45 Separation anxiety disorder – the ‘new adult on the block’
 chair: Katharina Domschke, Germany
08:00 - 08:45News and views on the biology, diagnosis and treatment of separation anxiety disorder
 speaker: Stefano Pini, Italy
08:45 - 09:30A developmental epidemiologist’s view on separation anxiety
 speaker: Katja Beesdo-Baum, Germany
09:30 - 09:45Discussion
09:45 - 10:15Coffee Break
10:15 - 12:00Prevention and treatment of anxiety disorders: the who, when and what
 chair: Katharina Domschke, Germany
10:15 - 11:00Efficacy of psychopharmacological, psychological, and other treatments in the short and long-term
 speaker: Borwin Bandelow, Germany
11:00 - 11:45Effectiveness of Psychological and/or Educational Interventions in the Prevention of Anxiety
 speaker: Juan A Bellon, Spain
11:45 - 12:00Discussion
12:00 - 13:00Lunch
13:00 - 14:45Anxiety Disorders: determining mental and somatic health in the long run
 chair: Borwin Bandelow, Germany
13:00 - 13:45Anxiety disorders as precursors of depression and determinants of mortality
 speaker: Sandra Meier, Denmark
13:45 - 14:30Heart rate variability in anxiety disorders
 speaker: Simon J.C. Davies, Canada
14:30 - 14:45Discussion
14:45 - 15:00General discussion and closing