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Cognitive Models and Treatments for Panic: A Critical Evaluation: John Teasdale

The cognitive approach to panic, as presented by Clark and by Beck in this volume, appears to offer a compelling integrative account that is consistent with much of what is known about this disorder. It has also generated a treatment which appears remarkably effective, essentially eliminating panic attacks in a condition which has not previously responded well to psychological treatments. These are very considerable achievements. However, there is a danger that the rightful respect and enthusiasm that this work has generated may inhibit critical examination of possible limitations in theory and evidence. Confronting these limitations will, in the long run, best serve the field and facilitate the emergence of a valid psychobiological account of panic disorder. It is in this spirit that this chapter addresses the following questions:

2. Just how convincing is the evidence for the cognitive approach to panic, compared to alternative accounts?