Brief Cognitive Psychotherapy of Panic Disorder

  • Brad A. Alford
Part of the Applied Clinical Psychology book series (NSSB)


In the clinical treatment of panic disorder, the standard course of cognitive therapy has been shown to be an effective alternative to psychopharmacotherapy (Beck & Greenberg, 1988). Further, outcome studies have shown response to treatment to often be quite rapid, with reported panic attacks significantly reduced-and sometimes eliminated altogether-after only a few sessions (Sokol, Beck, Greenberg, Berchick, & Wright, 1989). Consistent with these findings, brief, focused cognitive psychotherapy may be the treatment of choice for certain uncomplicated panic disorder cases where agoraphobia is not severe (Alford, Beck, Freeman, & Wright, 1990).


Heart Attack Panic Disorder Cognitive Therapy Panic Attack Beck Anxiety Inventory 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1993

Authors and Affiliations

  • Brad A. Alford
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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of ScrantonScrantonUSA

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