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.