A One-Session Treatment Protocol for Panic Attacks


This article describes in detail a one-session treatment protocol for panic attacks as well as the results of two small studies of its efficacy. The treatment protocol, typically completed in 75 - 120 minutes, uses an innovative approach that combines the identification of bodily sensations and specific thoughts as the precursor or “starter” of the panic attack process. The exact treatment approach is described in detail. The results of two small studies using the protocol are analyzed. The results showed that a single session using the treatment approach produced a statistically significant, immediate decline in the reported number of panic attacks that were sustained over time. These results were achieved in two separate sets of subjects utilizing different facilitators. Descriptive information regarding the sample is also provided.

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Robbins, R. , Parker, J. and Tatum, C. (2015) A One-Session Treatment Protocol for Panic Attacks. Psychology, 6, 1059-1066. doi: 10.4236/psych.2015.69103.

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