A new study presented some very interesting findings to the Anxiety Disorders Association of America (ADAA) last week. The study concluded it was possible to treat veterans suffering from panic disorder over the course of a weekend. This is a very promising idea for the countless veterans that cannot, or do not want to, participate in therapy requiring commitments of months or years.
Many veterans cycling back from deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan return with anxiety disorders. Of the returning veterans suffering from anxiety-related problems, approximately one-third of them suffer from panic disorder.
The study’s subjects were all Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom veterans already in the Houston VA Medical Center’s Trauma Recovery Program. All of the subjects had already refused to participate in a ten-week standard cognitive-behavioral treatment plan but did agree to the study’s weekend program.
On average, the participants were approximately 28-years-old and were currently diagnosed with panic disorder. Veterans also diagnosed with the following were excluded from the study:
- Bipolar disorder;
- Suicidal or homicidal ideation or intent;
- Severe depression; and
- Panic attacks only related to specific phobias or medical conditions that mimic anxiety symptoms.
The veterans were broken into small groups of 3 – 4 and the sessions they attended were driven by 2 psychologists. The sessions focused on educating the veterans about the causes of panic disorders and treatments. The veterans were also educated in individual techniques for how to deal with their specific symptoms.
At the end of the weekend, the veterans demonstrated immediate improvements. At the 6-month follow up appointment, the veterans continued to exhibit very positive gains in their symptoms as well as demonstrating lower levels of anxiety and depression levels. The veteran’s reactions to the study were probably just as important as the results. All the participants established were satisfied and felt the weekend program very adequate.
Impressive results coupled with complete program portability make this weekend program a very prospective treatment for veterans suffering from panic disorder.
Learn more about treating veterans suffering from panic disorder with Intensive Weekend Programs.
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