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Year : 2009  |  Volume : 51  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 108-116

Cognitive behavior therapy in the treatment of panic disorder

1 Department of Mental Health and Social Psychology, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bangalore - 560029, India
2 Department of Psychiatry, Kempegowda Institute of Medical Sciences, Bangalore - 500 004, India

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M Manjula
Department of Mental Health and Social Psychology, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bangalore-500 029, Karnataka State
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0019-5545.49450

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Background: Comprehensive cognitive behavior therapies have been proved to be more effective than behavioral interventions. However, the efficacy of CBT is not studied in the Indian context and also, the amount of change brought about by CBT is not known. Aims: This study aims to examine the efficacy of cognitive behavioral intervention (CBI) in the treatment of panic disorder. Our specific objectives were to assess the effectiveness of CBI in reducing symptom severity as well as cognitions related to panic and panic-related behaviors. Design: The study adopted a two-group comparison with pre- and postassessments design. Materials and Methods: The sample consisted of 30 patients sequentially allotted to the CBI (n = 15) and behavioral intervention (BI, n = 15) groups. Assessment was done using a semistructured interview schedule, panic disorder severity scale, Texas panic attack record form, Anxiety Sensitivity Index, Agoraphobic cognitions questionnaire, Behavioral avoidance checklist, and Panic appraisal inventory. The CBI group was provided with comprehensive cognitive behavior therapy and the BI group with psycho-education and applied relaxation. Results: CBI was found to be superior to BI in the reduction of panic symptoms, behavioral avoidance, safety behaviors, and cognitions. A large percentage of the CBI group patients met the criteria for clinically significant change with a large magnitude of change. Conclusion: Multicomponent CBI is superior to BI in terms of the amount of change it brings about with respect to panic symptoms, avoidance, safety behaviors, and cognitions.



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