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Psychodynamic Therapy for Treating Panic Disorder

This study has been completed.
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Information provided by:
Weill Medical College of Cornell University Identifier:
First received: August 5, 2005
Last updated: June 26, 2013
Last verified: June 2013
This study will determine the effectiveness of a manualized form of brief psychodynamic psychotherapy in comparison with applied relaxation training in treating adults with panic disorder.

Condition Intervention Phase
Panic Disorder
Other: PFPP
Other: ART
Phase 2
Phase 3

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Randomized Controlled Trial of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy vs. Applied Relaxation for Panic Disorder

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Further study details as provided by Weill Medical College of Cornell University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • PDSS (panic disorder severity scale) [ Time Frame: termination, 2, 4, 6, 12 month f/u ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • SDS (Sheehan disability scale) [ Time Frame: termination, 2, 4, 6, 12 month f/u ]
  • HARS (Hamilton anxiety rating scale) [ Time Frame: termination, 2, 4, 6, 12 month f/u ]
  • HDRS (Hamilton depression rating scale) [ Time Frame: termination, 2, 4, 6, 12 month f/u ]

Enrollment: 49
Study Start Date: February 2000
Study Completion Date: July 2005
Primary Completion Date: January 2005 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: 1 PFPP
Panic Focused Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
Other: PFPP
Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy for panic disorder
Other Name: Psychodynamic psychotherapy
Active Comparator: 2 ART
Applied Relaxation Training
Other: ART
Applied Relaxation Training
Other Names:
  • Applied Relaxation Training
  • Behavioral Therapy

Detailed Description:

This is a randomized controlled trial of a manualized form of brief psychodynamic psychotherapy in comparison with applied relaxation training, a less active form of treatment in other studies, for adults with primary Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition (DSM-IV) panic disorder.

Forty nine patients who have signed written consent who have primary DSM-IV panic disorder have been entered into the study. Randomization has been stratified by presence of major depression and use of psychoactive, anti-panic medications. Medications, if present, have been held constant. All patients have received 24 sessions of either psychodynamic psychotherapy, or applied relaxation training for panic disorder. This study is currently closed for recruitment, although final follow-up assessments have yet to be completed.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 55 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • 18-55 years old
  • Primary DSM-IV panic disorder with or without agoraphobia
  • Severity 5/8 minimum on the Anxiety Disorders Interview Schedule

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Psychosis
  • Unstable medication dosage
  • Unwilling to discontinue ongoing psychotherapy
  • Organic mental syndrome
  • Substance use or abuse
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00128388

United States, New York
Weill Medical College
New York City, New York, United States, 10021
Sponsors and Collaborators
Weill Medical College of Cornell University
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Principal Investigator: Barbara Milrod, M.D. Weill Medical College
  More Information

Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Barbara Milrod, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry, Weill Medical College of Cornell University Identifier: NCT00128388     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: K23MH001849 ( US NIH Grant/Contract Award Number )
Study First Received: August 5, 2005
Last Updated: June 26, 2013

Keywords provided by Weill Medical College of Cornell University:
panic disorder,
psychodynamic psychotherapy,
efficacy trial

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Panic Disorder
Pathologic Processes
Anxiety Disorders
Mental Disorders processed this record on April 28, 2017