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(p. 187) Anxiety Disorders: Social Anxiety Disorder and Panic Disorder 

(p. 187) Anxiety Disorders: Social Anxiety Disorder and Panic Disorder
(p. 187) Anxiety Disorders: Social Anxiety Disorder and Panic Disorder

Myrna M. Weissman

, John C. Markowitz

, and Gerald L. Klerman

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date: 23 February 2020

This chapter discusses the use of IPT for patients with social anxiety disorder (social phobia) and panic disorder. Anxiety and depression frequently overlap, and the focal IPT problem areas fit both categories of syndromes. Like depressed patients, anxious individuals are often risk-averse. The general IPT approach for mood disorders has seemed to need little overhaul for anxiety disorders: the usual focal problem areas and approaches still apply, simply linking life events and interpersonal circumstances to anxiety states rather than to mood states. For patients with panic disorder, IPT seems an intuitively reasonable intervention that takes a very different approach from somatically focused forms of CBT. The findings for IPT in anxiety disorders are encouraging but preliminary and need confirmation in controlled trials. A case example describes a businessman with social anxiety disorder.

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