Practical in approach and up to date in content, Panic Disorder and Its Treatment provides a clear and clinically relevant summary of the current knowledge on this challenging illness, covering symptoms, care, cost, comorbidities, and quality of life. Contains algorithms and tables offering at-a-glance drug treatment options and an appendix with measures for assessing symptom severity and therapeutic response! Written by leading authorities on the etiology, course, and management of this condition, Panic Disorder and Its Treatment -promotes improved recognition of symptoms in pychiatric and nonpsychiatric settings, including the primary care physician's office or the emergency room -reviews evidence from numerous sources on the prognosis of panic disorder, emphasizing the potential for chronicity and recurrence -examines the latest advances implicating neurochemical, neurophysiological, and functional neuroanatomical abnormalities in the pathogenesis of panic disorder -analyzes risk factors for the illness, including genetics, temperment, developmental experiences, and life events -explores available pharmacotherapies for panic disorders, including selective serotonin-reuptake inhibitors -investigates panic attacks and panic disorder from a cognitive-behavioral perspective, detailing specific therapies targeted to control physical sensations -presents clinical strategies for treatment-refractory patients, assuring optimal diagnostic and therapeutic efforts for nonresponders -and more! Panic Disorder and Its Treatment serves as insightful reading for psychiatrists and behavioral scientists, clinical psychopharmacologists, neuropsychiatrists, clinical psychologists, clinical socialworkers, and medical students, residents, and fellows in these disciplines. It is also useful for primary care physicians, including internists, family doctors, and generalists, as well as emergency room staff, who are often the first health care professionals to evaluate the patient.