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Panic Attack Research

  1. Imagery Rescripting Therapy Works for Social Anxiety

    Researchers from the Kognio Centre for CBT in Lund, Sweden, conducted a small pilot study to see whether Imagery Rescripting Therapy can reduce the distressing images and memories from childhood in people suffering from SAD or Social Anxiety Disorder, enough to lower their distress and anxiety in social situations.
    Earlier research has shown that cognitive restructuring combined with imagery rescripting works to remediate social anxiety.  This study examined whether the imagery rescripting without the cognitive restructuring could replicate these effects, using an experimental, between-groups design.

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  2. Online Cognitive Behavior TX Plus Zoloft Helps Panic Disorder

    Researchers from the University of Ottawa in Ontario, Canada investigated whether combining sertraline (Zoloft) and self-administered cognitive behavior therapy (SCBT) could improve treatment outcomes for panic disorder.
    Two hundred fifty-one patients were randomized to 12 weeks of either a placebo drug, a placebo drug plus SCBT, sertraline alone or sertraline plus SCBT. Those who improved after 12 weeks of acute treatment then received treatment for an additional 12 weeks.

    Outcome measures evaluate the core Panic Disorder symptoms (panic attacks, anticipatory anxiety, agoraphobic avoidance), dysfunctional ideas (fear of bodily sensations, agoraphobic ideas), disability, and clinical global impression of severity and improvement.

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  3. Reducing Panic Attacks Helps with Asthma Too

    Investigators from the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in Piscataway, New Jersey evaluated two protocols for treating adults suffering from both asthma and panic disorder. The protocols included elements of Barlow's Panic Control Therapy  (- a combination of relaxation & breathwork, cognitive restructuring and graded exposure for desensitization) and several asthma education programs, as well as modules designed to teach participants how to differentiate between asthma and panic symptoms, and how to apply specific home management strategies for each.

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  4. Cognitive behavior therapy for panic disorder: long-term follow-up.

    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).

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  5. Comparisons of psychopharmacological and psychological treatment with cognitive behavioral therapy.

    Researchers from The University of Göttingen in Germany performed a meta-analysis of studies that compared pharmacological interventions with cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) or a combination of both methods for the relief of panic and anxiety.

    Researchers from The University of Göttingen in Germany performed a meta-analysis, including only those studies which made a direct comparison of pharmacological, psychological (CBT or cognitive-behavioral therapy), or combined treatments for the relief of anxiety disorders. Sixteen studies on panic disorder, six studies on social anxiety disorder, and two studies on generalized anxiety disorder were analyzed and effect sizes calculated.

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