The Panic Center, and its course The Panic Program, offers a web-based program designed to provide users and clinicians with a suite of tools to address the symptoms of panic disorder. Based on the principles of cognitive behavioral therapy, The Panic Program offers skills training and education that can be useful in the treatment of panic disorder. The Panic Center also hosts and moderates a support group for users that can be used for immediate, around-the-clock support. While The Panic Program is designed to be used alongside more traditional treatments (such as medications or psychotherapy), it can also be useful for individuals who do not have access to these services.
Available for: Computers (PCs and Macs) and mobile devices
Developer: Evolution Health Systems Inc.
Type of Treatment: Cognitive Behavioral Principles
Targeted Conditions: Stress & Anxiety
Target Audience: Adults
Designed to be used in conjunction with a healthcare professional: No
Languages Available: English
Get it on: Web
The company’s research page: http://www.evolutionhs.com/Publications.html
Farvolden, P., Denisoff, E., Selby, P., Bagby, R.M., & Rudy, L. (2005). Usage and longitudinal effectiveness of a Web-based self-help cognitive behavioral therapy program for panic disorder. Journal of Internet Medical Research, 7(1), e7. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1550639/
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