Panic Disorder

Panic Disorder

by Stanley Rachman, Padmal de Silva
     
 

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This book deals with a relatively common psychological problem. A panic is a sudden episode of intense fear, often bordering on terror. Repeated attacks of panic are termed 'panic disorder'. Roughly fifteen people per thousand develop a panic disorder at some time in their life. It is a distressing condition, and if it persists, has an adverse effect on most

Overview

This book deals with a relatively common psychological problem. A panic is a sudden episode of intense fear, often bordering on terror. Repeated attacks of panic are termed 'panic disorder'. Roughly fifteen people per thousand develop a panic disorder at some time in their life. It is a distressing condition, and if it persists, has an adverse effect on most aspects of the person's life. This book gives clear answers to the questions sufferers ask and gives guidelines about treatment and self-help, as well as what is known about the disorder.
This book is mainly intended for the sufferers of panic disorder, and their families and friends. It will also be of interest to the general reader, and to health care workers who have to deal with this problem. Up-to-date information on the nature, symptoms, causes, theories and treatment of panic disorder is provided, all in non-technical language. The chapters on treatment give a detailed account of psychological therapy, also discuss drug treatment. There is also a chapter giving practical self-help advice. A final chapter answers some commonly asked questions. Numerous personal accounts are given throughout the book, highlighting various aspects of panic disorder and its treatment. The authors are clinical psychologists with extensive clinical and research experience in anxiety disorders.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Review from previous edition
"Clinical Psychologists Professor Stanley Rachman and Dr. Padmal de Silva have written Panic Disorder: The Facts giving up-to-date information and numerous personal accounts Daily Mail"
"The information is matter-of-fact and easy to grasp; reading the book may require some interest but no high level of education and certainly no psychological or medical knowledge."—Behaviour Research

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Jeffrey Rado, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This book provides an accessible review, written by knowledgeable authors, of the symptoms, epidemiology, risk factors, and treatment options of panic disorder. This book updates the first edition published m 1996.
Purpose: The purpose is to explain the causes, symptoms and treatment of panic disorder, using a clear writing style that is accessible to the lay public.
Audience: The book is intended for sufferers of panic disorder, their families and their healthcare providers. It is accessible to all knowledge levels and backgrounds. Some readers with an extensive background in psychiatry may find it rather basic.
Features: The authors detail, in a clear and concise manner, the clinical experience of panic. A nice overview is given of various clinical scenarios. Etiology is discussed, but the biological theories are not expanded upon in any great detail. Extra attention is spent on cognitive behavioral therapy, setting up psychotherapy, and the use of assessment methods. Fewer pages are devoted to pharmacotherapy. Multiple case vignettes are nicely deployed to illustrate concepts.
Assessment: This guide is very easy to read and provides the basics about panic disorder for the novice reader. It is a great starting point for learning more about a fairly common disorder. Practicing psychiatrists may find little new information in this edition, however. Rather, this would be a book clinicians can recommend to their patients who want to learn more about their illness.
2 Stars from Doody

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198528814
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
03/28/2004
Series:
Facts Series
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
7.60(w) x 5.00(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

Padmal de Silva is a Senior Clinical Psychologist in the Department of Psychology at the Institute of Psychiatry, London. Stanley Rachman is Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of British Columbia.

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