Mastery of Your Anxiety and Panic: Therapist Guide

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"Research on the efficacy of nonpharmacological treatments for the various anxiety disorders has been ongoing for over three decades at our institutions, the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders at Boston University and the University of California, Los Angeles, Anxiety Disorders Behavioral Research Program. Developments in the conceptualization of panic attacks and panic disorder (PD) in the 1980s and 1990s made possible significant improvements in the psychological treatment of PD and the development of panic control treatment (PCT), a treatment for panic disorder. Since then a substantial body of evidence on the efficacy of this intervention and closely related variants containing very similar components has accumulated, and it is stipulated as a first line treatment of choice in clinical practice guidelines from the American Psychiatric Association and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), which produces guidelines for the National Health Service in the UK (aPa, 2009; NICE, 2019). In 2013 PCT was evaluated as meeting the criteria for an Evidence Based Program by the Division of Quality and Performance Improvement of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) of the Public Health Service in the United States. Similarly, the Society of Clinical Psychology of the American Psychological Association (1998) rated the evidence as "strong" in supporting PCT as an evidence-based intervention for panic disorder. After the first strong evidence for the efficacy of this approach began to appear (e.g. Barlow et al., 1989) we recognized the value of a guide outlining the treatment procedures. Hence, the Mastery of Your Anxiety and Panic: Workbook and Mastery of Your Anxiety and Panic: Therapist Guide were written and have now been revised. Now in its fifth edition, the revised client workbook is written in a style suitable for the client's direct use, usually under the supervision of a trained professional although it can be used in a self-help format, particularly for less severe cases"--

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Coping Skills
Exposure to Feared Symptoms and Situations
Planning for the Future
Assessments for Panic Disorder
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Michelle G. Craske, PhD is Distinguished Professor of Psychology, Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, Miller Family Endowed Term Chair, Director of the Anxiety and Depression Research Center, and Associate Director of the Staglin Family Music Center for Behavioral and Brain Health, at UCLA. She
has published extensively in the area of fear, anxiety and depression and has been the recipient of extramural funding since 1993 for research pertaining to cognitive, behavioral, psychophysiological and neural risk factors for anxiety and depression that have informed novel treatments; innovative
approaches to optimizing therapies such as virtual reality; and implementing scalable treatment models to underserved populations.

David H. Barlow is Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry, Emeritus and the Founder of the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders at Boston University. He has published over 650 articles and chapters and over 90 books and clinical manuals. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including honorary
degrees from the University of Vermont and William James College, and the two highest awards in psychology, the Distinguished Scientific Award for Applications of Psychology from the American Psychological Association and James McKeen Cattell Fellow Award from the Association for Psychological
Science honoring individuals for their lifetime of significant intellectual achievements in applied psychological research.

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