Last updated on February 2019

The Association Between Physical Sensations and Thinking Styles

Brief description of study

The aim of the study is to examine panic-related associations and interpretations in the context of Panic Disorder and its treatment. While theoretical accounts of Panic Disorder suggest a central role of such associations and interpretations in the onset and maintenance of the disorder, research to date in fact leaves many questions about the nature of these dysfunctional cognitions and their potential role unanswered. Patients with Panic Disorder and a control group of patients with other anxiety disorders will complete measures of panic-relevant associations and interpretation bias. The patients with Panic Disorder will be randomized to receive either Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) or a waiting list condition (to be followed by CBT after completion of the study procedures). The anxious control group will also receive CBT. Panic-relevant associations and interpretations will be measured twice, i.e., pre and post CBT/waitlist. Furthermore, relevant symptom measures and physiological and biological markers will be assessed and responses to a hyperventilation challenge. The study aims to further advance our understanding of cognitions in the etiology and maintenance of Panic Disorder, and inform future treatment optimisation.

Detailed Study Description

The main purpose of the present study is to look at relationships and changes over time but not to compare treatment outcomes (i.e. it is not an efficacy trial). The associations and interpretation measures are listed as primary outcomes because these are the measures of main interest.

Clinical Study Identifier: NCT03233542

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