Panic Disorder Studies
This study will compare the relative efficacy of three different therapy treatments for panic disorder. All three have been shown to be effective in one or more randomized controlled trials:
- Applied Relaxation Therapy
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Panic Focused Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
Intake Evaluation and Treatment
Following a brief phone screening, potential participants will undergo a detailed and standardized diagnostic examination. Those deemed appropriate for the study will then be randomized to one of the three treatments.
Patients will attend 12 weeks of bi-weekly therapy sessions and track their panic attacks daily.
Patients will be followed for one year after the completion of active treatment. They will have monthly evaluative interviews by phone, and in-person visits for more extensive evaluation at months 6 and 12.
- Between 18 and 70 years of age
- Primary diagnosis of panic disorder
- Ability to complete the active treatment phase within 16 weeks
- Willingness to either stop psychotropic medications for the duration of the study or maintain a stable does of medications throughout the duration of the study
- History of bipolar disorder
- Acute suicidality
- Psychosis of any sort
- Substance dependence within the past 6 months
- Involvement in a legal dispute related to their mental health issues and restitution
To learn more about our current treatment programs, research protocols, or to ask specific questions about the Center, please call us at 215-349-5222.