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Psychopathology Review
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 Volume 1, Issue 1, 189-194, 2014
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Intensive Treatments for Adolescents with Panic Disorder and Agoraphobia: Helping Youth Move beyond Avoidance

  Donna Pincus - Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders at Boston University
  Meredith Elkins - Merrimack College
  Christina Hardway - Merrimack College

Volume 1, Issue 1, 2014, Pages 189-194

Panic disorder with agoraphobia (PDA) contributes to significant impairment and distress in adolescence, particularly when left untreated. Cognitive behavioral treatment of panic disorder in adolescents has now been developed and delivered in a traditional once per week format, and has also recently been adapted for delivery in an intensive format delivered over eight consecutive days. We provide a brief review of research efforts to date on the development and evaluation of intensive treatments for panic disorder in adolescence. Recent studies suggest that the intensive, eight-day treatment approach is associated with comparable reductions in PDA symptoms as compared to the once-weekly treatment and shows promise for reducing the impairing symptoms of PDA and its comorbid conditions. Ongoing research and future directions to further this body of work will be discussed.

Table of Contents
Rationale and Description of an Intensive Treatment Format for Adolescents with PDA
Review of Research on Intensive Treatment for Adolescents with Panic Disorder
Future Directions

Correspondence to
Donna Pincus, Ph.D., Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders at Boston University, 648 Beacon Street, 6th Floor, Boston, MA 02215

Panic disorder; adolescents; anxiety; youth; agoraphobia; cognitive-behavioral

Received 17 Sep 2013; Revised 30 Oct 2013; Accepted 30 Oct 2013; In Press 28 Jul 2014

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