What are the APA guidelines for monitoring changes in key symptoms during the treatment of anxiety disorders?

Updated: Mar 27, 2019
  • Author: Nita V Bhatt, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: David Bienenfeld, MD  more...
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The 2011 APA guidelines state the importance of monitoring changes in key symptoms such as frequency and intensity of panic attacks after treatment has been started. Treatment is effective if it produces a decrease in panic symptoms, although some symptoms may respond more quickly than others. For those individuals who do not respond, or respond incompletely, to initial treatments for panic disorder, treatment modalities should be reassessed. [52]


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