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Treatment of Panic Disorder

A Consensus Development Conference

Edited by Barry E. Wolfe, Ph.D., and Jack D. Maser, Ph.D.

  • ISBN 978-0-88048-685-9
  • Item #8685

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One out of every 75 people worldwide will be afflicted with panic disorder during their lifetime. Treatment of Panic Disorder presents the latest research of leading psychology, psychiatry, cardiology, internal medicine, and methodology experts working in this field. The authors address such issues as

  • What is panic disorder?
  • How is it diagnosed?
  • What are the current treatments?
  • What are the effects of these treatments?
  • What are the directions for future research?


  • Introduction.

    Origins and overview of the Consensus Development Conference on the Treatment of Panic Disorder.

    Overview of Panic Disorder.

    Diagnosis and clinical course of panic disorder with and without agoraphobia. Panic disorder: epidemiology and genetics. Primary care—psychiatry panic disorder management module.

    Pharmacological Treatments of Panic Disorder.

    Overview of the pharmacotherapy of panic disorder. The long-term course of panic disorder. New and experimental pharmacological treatments for panic disorder. Mechanism of action of drugs used in the pharmacotherapy of panic disorder.

    Psychological Treatments of Panic Disorder.

    Effectiveness of behavior treatment for panic disorder with and without agoraphobia. Cognitive therapy for panic disorder. Psychological treatment of panic: mechanisms. A review of psychosocial treatments for panic disorder.

    Combined Treatments of Panic Disorder.

    Combined pharmacological and psychological treatment of panic disorder: current status and future directions. Critique of the research literature on combined treatment of panic disorder.

    Risk-Benefit Issues in Treatment of Panic Disorder.

    Risk-benefit issues in pharmacological treatment of panic disorder. Risk-benefit issues in psychosocial treatment of panic disorder.

    Issues for the Future.

    Panic disorder: directions for future research. Treatment of panic disorder: consensus statement. Bibliography.

About the Authors

Barry E. Wolfe, Ph.D., is Chief, Psychosocial Treatment Research Program of the Clinical Treatment Research Branch, National Institute of Mental Health, in Rockville, Maryland.

It is a major contribution to the field, and if you plan to buy only one book on panic disorder this year, this one is an excellent choice.—General Hospital Psychiatry

This is an informative book that provides insight into the current state of knowledge regarding the treatment of panic disorder. The reader will gain an understanding of the different approaches that cognitive behaviorists and psychopharmacologists take with respect to treating patients with this debilitating mental illness.—Doody's Health Sciences Book Review Journal

Wolfe and Maser's Treatment of Panic Disorder: A Consensus Development Conference provides a particularly succinct and thoughtful overview of this rapidly developing area. It provides, in a single volume, the latest research and thinking by some of the leading investigators in the field with respect to the diagnosis, etiology, course, prognosis, and treatment of the panic disorders. On the whole, the text provides one of the most valuable compilations of fact and theory that I have seen. I think it is must reading for anyone interested in the nature and treatment of the panic disorders and a model for organizing current knowledge that should be applied to other types of problems.—Steven D. Hollon, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, Vanderbilt University

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