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Cognitive-behavioral treatment for panic disorder.

31 Jan
Investigators from The Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders at Boston University reviewed the literature to determine whether cognitive behavioral treatment (CBT) is an efficacious intervention for panic disorder (PDA), with or without agoraphobia, in children, adolescents and adults, and whether the effects are durable over the long term.

The review surveys various psychological approaches to the treatment of PDA and examines the relative efficacy and clinical utility of each. The team concludes that a growing body of research demonstrates that CBT is well-tolerated, cost-effective, and produces substantial treatment gains for individuals with PDA over the short- and long-term.

However, they also add that not everyone benefits, and there is room for improvement among those who do.

Citation: Landon TM, Barlow DH. Cognitive-behavioral treatment for panic disorder: current status. Journal of Psychiatric Practice. 2004 July;10 (4): pages 211-226.
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