Brief Cognitive Psychotherapy of Panic Disorder
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).
KeywordsHeart Attack Panic Disorder Cognitive Therapy Panic Attack Beck Anxiety Inventory
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