The American Psychiatric Association Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients With Panic Disorder: Recommendations and Controversies

Fredric N. Busch, MD and Barbara L. Milrod, MD

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Family Therapy

Panic symptoms and associated increased dependency needs may press family members to take care of the patient and cause disruptions in relationships. Family intervention, including education of family members, may be of value for patients who experience marital or family distress associated with their symptoms. No systematic research studies on the use of marital or family therapy alone or with medication are currently available.

Support groups are helpful for some patients, but the guideline warns that is important to obtain information about the nature of the group and the credentials of its leader.


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