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Goals of Therapy and Treatment of Panic Disorder

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) along with psychopharmocotherapy (medication) as effective treatment of Panic Disorder. Goals and specific interventions utilized in the treatment of Panic Disorder.

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What is Panic Disorder?

In general, Panic Disorder is a feeling of dying or losing control. Symptoms such as heart pounding, shaking, breathing difficulty, and extreme fear can occur without any warning and can last for minutes or hours. Symptoms can also include chest pains, choking, abdominal pain (nausea), dizziness, dread, sweating and a desire to flee. Some panic attacks are not precipitated by anything noticeable, and others might be triggered by individual situations such as being in a crowd or even becoming over stressed. (For more information on symptoms and diagnosis, see the DSM-IV).

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Effective treatment of Panic Disorder includes a combination of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) in conjunction with Psychopharmocotherapy (medication). Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy examples are given, as well as a listing of possible drugs (both brand name and generic). Goals of the therapist are also listed.