Department of Psychiatry
Penn Behavioral Health

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Anxiety & Panic

Current research suggests that one in ten Americans suffers from anxiety that disrupts their ability to function.  Anxiety disorders are manifested in many different types of physical, psychological, and behavioral symptoms.  Specific types of Anxiety disorders include: Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, Social Phobia, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.  The Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania is home to some of the world’s most renowned experts in the area of anxiety.

All treatment offered by Penn Behavioral Health is informed by the cutting edge research conducted in the Department of Psychiatry. Patients can elect to receive treatment through one of our excellent clinical programs or, if eligible, may receive treatment as a participant in a research trial at no cost.  Please see below for descriptions of our clinical and research treatment programs.


Penn Behavioral Health Clinical Programs

  • Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety
    Offers specialized treatment for people with a wide range of anxiety and stress disorders including obsessive compulsive disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, social phobia and trichotillomania.

  • Center for Cognitive Therapy
    Outpatient treatment for psychological disorders including Anxiety Disorders; treatment is based on cognitive behavioral therapy model.

  • Child & Adolescent OCD, Tic, Trich & Anxiety Group (COTTAGe)
    The COTTAGe is a specialty clinic in the Department of Psychiatry offering diagnostic evaluations and outpatient treatment for children, adolescents and young adults with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Tic Disorders, Trichotillomania, Anxiety Disorders such as Social Anxiety, Separation Anxiety and General Anxiety, and anxiety related disorders.

  • Outpatient Psychiatry Center
    Offers comprehensive psychiatric services, including diagnostic evaluations, psychotherapy service, medication management, group and couples therapy for the spectrum of psychiatric disorders. The OPC offers treatment for Anxiety and Panic Disorders.

  • Penn Center for Youth and Family Trauma Response and Recovery (CYFTRR)
    The Penn Center for Youth and Family Trauma Response and Recovery (CYFTRR) offers the most effective treatments for children, adolescents and their families who are suffering from symptoms of traumatic stress and other difficulties after exposure to violence, crime and abuse.


Clinical Research Treatment Programs

  • Center for Psychotherapy Research
    The research group offers specialized psychotherapies for people with panic disorders with or without agoraphobia.  All treatments are free of charge and provided by University of Pennsylvania faculty and staff, if one meets inclusion criteria to study.

  • Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety
    Provides both research and non-research treatment programs for most anxiety disorders. When research programs are available, eligible participants may enroll and receive services free of charge.

  • Child & Adolescent OCD, Tic, Trich & Anxiety Group (COTTAGe)
    The COTTAGe is a specialty clinic in the Department of Psychiatry offering diagnostic evaluations and outpatient treatment for children, adolescents and young adults with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Tic Disorders, Trichotillomania, Anxiety Disorders such as Social Anxiety, Separation Anxiety and General Anxiety, and anxiety related disorders.

  • Mood and Anxiety Disorders Treatment and Research Program
    The research group specializes in studying causes and treatments of depression and anxiety disorders across the lifespan.