Panic Disorder: The Facts / Edition 3

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Panic disorder is a remarkably common psychological condition, characterized by sudden attacks of intense fear and panic. Approximately 3% of the population will experience some aspect of panic disorder during their lifetime. Incredibly distressing, it can have an adverse effect on most aspects of the person's life, especially if chronic. This new edition of Panic Disorder: The Facts includes valuable new information on treatment and discusses the relationship between panic disorder and other anxiety conditions. It also assesses the evidence for the available treatments, drawing from the latest scientific research. 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 and also discuss drug treatment. Numerous personal accounts are given throughout the book, highlighting various aspects of panic disorder and its treatment and management. Though mainly intended for sufferers of panic disorder, and their families and friends, it will also be of interest to the general reader, and to health care workers. Clearly written by two leading experts, the book is a valuable source of information for anyone affected by this disorder. Features
• A full account of the nature, diagnosis and treatment of panic disorder
• Includes Key Point boxes at the start of each chapter to quickly summarise important concepts covered in the text
• Features numerous Case Histories and Patient Perspectives which provide practical, realistic examples throughout
• Includes an invaluable Useful Reading section, a guide on learning to relax, and a chapter of Common Questions

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Editorial Reviews

From The Critics
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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199574698
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 12/28/2009
  • Series: Facts Series
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 1,354,341
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Stanley Rachman is Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and Professor of Pyschology at University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

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Table of Contents

1 Panic and panic disorders

2 The experience of panic

3 Facts about panic

4 The consequences of panic

5 Theories of panic disorder

6 Treatment of panic disorders

7 Further aspects of treatment

8 Assessment and evaluation

9 Obstacles and complications

10 Some practical advice

11 Common Questions

Appendix 1 The Mobility Inventory

Appendix 2 The Cognitions Questionnaire

Appendix 3 Learning to relax: a simple guide

Appendix 4 Useful organizations

Appendix 5 Further reading


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