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Cognitive behavior therapy for panic disorder: long-term follow-up.

19 Dec

A study out of the University of Queensland in Australia measures the longterm effects of cognitive behavioral therapy on panic disorder, and finds in the subsample available for follow-up that after 6-8 years, it’s still working.

Researchers from the Centre of National Research on Disability and Rehabilitation Medicine, at the University of Queensland’s School of Medicine in Herston, Australia, recently wrote up a long-term (6-8 years) follow-up of patients who suffered from panic disorder who underwent a course of treatment with cogntive behavioral therapy (CBT).

Of 89 patients eligible for follow-up, 28 (31.5%) were reassessed 6-8 years after the start of their treatment. No differences were found between those who were followed up and those lost to follow-up on most baseline measures including measures of panic-related psychopathology, or depression.

Outcomes at long-term follow-up were significantly better than baseline measures of panic, avoidance and depression. In this sub-sample the positive effects of cognitive behaviour therapy for panic disorder appear to maintain nicely over the long-term.

Citation: Kenardy J, Robinson S, Dob R. Cognitive behaviour therapy for panic disorder: long-term follow-up. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. 2005; 34 (2): pages 75-8. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award