Panic disorder: Nature, assessment and treatment
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Panic disorder: Nature, assessment and treatment

Nigel Short Lecturer, Section of Psychiatric Nursing, Institute of Psychiatry. Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist, Hastings and Rother NHS Trust
Neil J Kitchiner Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist, Department of Liaison Psychiatry, Cardiff & Vales NHS Trust, University Hospital of Wales, Department of Liaison Psychiatry, Cardiff

Aims and intended learning outcomes

This article discusses the characteristics of panic disorder, its assessment and treatment. After reading this article and completing the exercises, you will be able to:

define the panic disorder;

state the general prevalence of panic disorder;

describe two assessment measures used for panic disorder;

describe the treatment techniques used to treat panic disorder;

discuss the role of the nurse in treating panic disorder.

Mental Health Practice. 5, 7,33-38. doi: 10.7748/mhp2002.04.5.7.33.c1716