The Scientific Review of Mental Health Practice

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Empirical Basis of Panic Control Treatment

Martin M. Antony and Randi E. McCabe - Anxiety Treatment Research Centre, St. Joseph's Hospital, Hamilton, Ontario; Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, McMaster University.

Author Note:
Correspondence concerning this article should be addressed to Martin M. Antony, Ph.D., Anxiety Treatment and Research Centre, 6th Floor, Fontbonne Building, St. Joseph's Hospital, 50 Charlton Avenue East, Hamilton, Ontario L8N 4A6, Canada; E-mail:

The past 2 decades have seen important advances in the development and dissemination of empirically based interventions for panic disorder, with and without agoraphobia. One such intervention is panic control treatment (PCT), which involves the sequential administration of several specific cognitive and behavioral techniques (i.e., psychoeducation, breathing retraining, cognitive restructuring, and exposure). This article provides a description of PCT, along with a review of the relevant research literature regarding PCT and its active ingredients. Directions for future research are also discussed.

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The Scientific Review of Mental Health Practice, vol. 1, no. 2 (Fall/Winter 2002).
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