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FOCUS Quiz: Spring 2017 - Anxiety Across the Lifespan

Activity Type:

  • Journal CME

Release Date: 4/1/2017

Expiration Date: 12/31/2019

  • AMA PRA Category 1 Physician: 5
  • Participation: 5



Anxiety Disorders Across the Life Span

FOCUS, APA's clinical review and continuing medical education journal, is designed as a personal study resource to help practicing psychiatrists keep abreast of significant advances in the field, with particular attention to clinical practice and incorporation of core competencies. The goal of FOCUS is the dissemination of up-to-date clinical information, facilitation of lifelong learning skills, maintenance of certification, and opportunity for self-assessment in order to improve patient care. Each issue, prepared by distinguished faculty who are recognized in their fields, provides up to date clinical information and incorporates a CME component. The material can be used effectively by establishing a regular schedule of study.


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Educational Objectives

As a result of this CME activity, the participant will:

• Recognize current trends in the diagnostic reconceptualization of anxiety disorders, changes in the neuroscientific models of fear processing, and emerging treatment innovations for anxiety disorders across the lifespan.

• Be able to apply increased understanding of anxiety disorders to clinical practice with the potential to improve recognition and treatment of these disorders in specific populations.

• Review current knowledge, recognize gaps in learning, participate in a program of lifelong learning, and prepare for an annual self-assessment designed to identify areas where more study is needed to enhance management of patients’ treatment.

Target Audience

This program is one element of a lifelong learning program for psychiatrists and is an aid for psychiatrists and other clinicians participating in maintenance of certification.

Estimated Time to Complete

Estimated Duration: 5 hours
Begin Date: April 1, 2017
End Date: December 31, 2019

How to Earn Credit

In order to earn CME credit, participants should read through the material presented in the issue. After reading the materials, complete the CME quiz by answering multiple-choice questions with a single correct answer. A score of 60% or higher is required to receive credit. Retakes are available for the test. Review the rationales, complete the online course evaluation, and then claim and print your CME certificate. The APA provides a CME certificate of credit for physicians and a certificate of participation for non-physicians.

Continuing Education Credit

The American Psychiatric Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The APA designates this journal-based CME activity for a maximum of 5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Faculty and Planner Disclosures

Program Planners – Editor and Associate Editors and Guest Editors

Mark H. Rapaport, M.D., Editor of FOCUS, and Chairman and Chief of Psychiatric Services, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Ga. Dr. Rapaport reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.

Laura Dunn, M.D., Co-Editor Ethics Column; Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA. Dr. Dunn reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.

Dorothy E. Stubbe, M.D., Editor Communications Commentary, Associate Professor and Program Director, Yale University School of Medicine Child Study Center, New Haven, CT. Dr. Stubbe reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.

Ian Cook, M.D., Co-Editor Patient Management Exercise, Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences of the David Geffen School of Medicine, the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, and the Department of Bioengineering of the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is also with the Veterans Affairs Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System Dr. Cook reports that his active biomedical device patents are assigned to the University of California. He has been granted stock options in NeuroSigma, the licensee of some of his inventions, and he currently is on leave as its chief medical officer and senior vice president.

Harrison Levine, M.D., Co-Editor Patient Management Exercise, Director of Clinical Services, Children’s Home of Jefferson County, Watertown, NY. Dr. Levine reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.

Yad Jabbarpour M.D., Editor, Safety Commentary; chief of staff at Catawba Hospital in Catawba, Virginia, assistant professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, Roanoke. no financial relationships with commercial interests.

Andrew W. Goddard, M.D. Guest Editor and Author, professor of psychiatry, University of California, San Francisco, Fresno Medical Education and Research Program, Fresno. Dr. Goddard reports receiving royalties from UpToDate and grant support from the National Network of Depression Centers Foundation for a multisite ketamine trial.

Authors Reporting Disclosures

Anne Marie Albano, Ph.D., A.B.P.P., Department of Psychiatry Columbia University Medical Center and New York State Psychiatric Institute, New York City, and Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders. Dr. Albano reports receiving royalties from Oxford University Press for the Anxiety Disorders Interview Schedule and for treatment manuals.

Jitender Sareen, M.D., professor of Psychiatry in the Departments of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Community Health Sciences, all at the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada.  Dr. Sareen reports holding stock in Johnson & Johnson and consulting for UpToDate.

Authors Reporting No Financial Relationships with Commercial Interests.

Eve Khlyavich Freidl, M.D., Oliver M. Stroeh, M.D., R. Meredith Elkins, Ph.D., Emily Steinberg, B.A., Moira Rynn, M.D.. Dr. Freidl, Dr. Stroeh, and Dr. Rynn are with the Department of Psychiatry and Ms. Steinberg is with the Cognitive Development and Neuroimaging Lab, all at Columbia University Medical Center and New York State Psychiatric Institute, New York City. Dr. Freidl, and Dr. Rynn are also with the Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders, where Dr. Elkins is a postdoctoral fellow. 

Liisa Hantsoo, Ph.D., and C. Neill Epperson, M.D., Penn Center for Women’s Behavioral Wellness, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania.

Joshua P. Aquin, B.Sc., Renée El-Gabalawy, Ph.D., Tanya Sala, M.D.  Mr. Aquin is a medical student at the Max Rady College of Medicine; Dr. El-Gabalawy is an assistant professor, Department of Anesthesia, Perioperative Medicine, Clinical Health Psychology, Psychiatry and Psychology; Dr. Sala is the medical program director, Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program of the Health Sciences Centre, and assistant professor, Department of Psychiatry; all at the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada.

Andrea Millen, Psy.D., Omer Linkovski, Ph.D., Carolyn I. Rodriguez, M.D., Ph.D., Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University, Stanford, California. Dr. Rodriguez is also with the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System, Palo Alto, California.

Navneet Sidhu, M.D., Sejal Patel, B.Sc., Ranna Parekh, M.D., M.P.H.  Dr. Sidhu is with Northern Virginia Mental Health Institute, Falls Church, Virginia Ms. Patel and Dr. Parekh are with the Division of Diversity and Health Equity, American Psychiatric Association, Arlington, Virginia.

American Psychiatric Association staff involved in planning report no financial relationships with commercial interests

Tristan Gorrindo M.D.,  Director, Division of Education, American Psychiatric Association

Kristen Moeller, Director of CME, Associate Director of FOCUS, American Psychiatric Association

FOCUS Editorial Board disclosure is published on the editorial board page of each issue.

Hardware/Software Requirements

This internet-based CME activity is best experienced using Internet Explorer 8+, Mozilla Firefox 3+, Safari 4+. This Web site requires that JavaScript and session cookies be enabled. Certain activities may require additional software to view multimedia, presentation, or printable versions of the content. These activities will be marked as such and will provide links to the required software. That software may be: Adobe Flash, Adobe Acrobat, Microsoft PowerPoint, and Windows Media Player. 

Optimal System Configuration

  • Flash Player: Adobe Flash Player 10.1+ 
  • Browser: Firefox 3+, Internet Explorer 8.0+, Safari 4.0+, or Google Chrome 7.0+ 
  • Operating System: Windows XP+ or Mac OS X 10.4+ 
  • Internet Connection: 1 Mbps or higher

Minimum Requirements

Windows PC:
500-MHz Pentium II; Windows XP or higher; 128 MB RAM; Video Card at least 64MB of video memory; Sound Card at least 16-bit; Macromedia Flash Player 10 or higher, audio playback with speakers for programs with video content; Firefox 1.1+, Internet Explorer 7.0+, Safari 1.0+, Google Chrome, or Opera

Mac OS X 10.3 or higher with latest updates installed; 1.83MHz Intel Core Duo or faster; RAM: 128MB or more; Video Card: at least 64MB of video memory; Sound Card: at least 16-bit

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