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?
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.
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.