Mastery of Anxiety and Panic for Adolescents Riding the Wave, Therapist Guide

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Oxford University Press, USA, Mar 28, 2008 - Medical - 156 pages
The treatment described in this Therapist Guide is specifically designed for adolescents with panic disorder and agoraphobia. Panic disorder often first appears in adolescence, making effective treatment for this age group a priority. Left untreated, panic disorder can severely impair an adolescent's development and functioning. It can put an adolescent at risk for depression and have consequences into adulthood.The program was developed at the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders at Boston University and targets patients ages 12-17. It is comprised of 12 sessions to be delivered over an 11-week period. Adolescents learn about the nature of panic and anxiety and how to challenge their panic thoughts. Exposure sessions help them face their fears and stop avoiding situations that cause heightened anxiety. An adaptation chapter addresses how to modify the program for intensive (8 day) treatment, as well as how to tailor the treatment to different ages. Each session includes an optional parent component and an appendix provides handouts for parents. The corresponding workbook is specifically designed for adolescent use, with easy to understand explanations and teen-friendly forms.
 

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Contents

Chapter 1 Introductory Information for Therapists
1
Chapter 2 Assessment
17
Chapter 3 Involving Parents
23
Introduction to Treatment and the Three Component Model
27
Physiology of Panic and Breathing Awareness
41
Cognitive Component of Anxiety Probability Overestimation and Catastrophic Thinking
51
Cognitive Restructuring Thinking Like a Detective
59
Interoceptive Exposure Not Letting How We Feel Scare Us
67
Safety Behaviors and Exposures
89
Exposure Sessions
97
Relapse Prevention and Therapy Termination
111
Chapter 13 Adaptation
121
Panic Disorder Severity Scale for Adolescents PDSSA
131
Parent Handouts
135
References
151
About the Authors
155

Introduction to Situational Exposure
77

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Donna B. Pincus is Associate Professor and the Director of Research for the Child and Adolescent Fear and Anxiety Treatment Program at the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders at Boston University.

Jill T. Ehrenreich is Associate Professor, Child Division at University of Miami.

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