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Fredric N. Busch, MD
Needs Assessment: Despite the evidence for effectiveness of medication and cognitive-behavioral therapy in the treatment of panic disorder, questions remain about the long-term effectiveness of these treatments and their capacity to fully reduce impairments associated with panic disorder. This article reviews panic-focused psychodynamic psychotherapy, another potentially valuable approach to panic disorder.

Learning Objectives:

• Identify persistent problems and remaining questions in the treatment of panic disorder.
• Identify the role of panic-focused psychodynamic psychotherapy (PFPP) in the treatment of panic disorder.
• Discuss the limited research that has been done on PFPP.

Target Audience: Primary care physicians and psychiatrists.


Accreditation Statement: Mount Sinai School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Mount Sinai School of Medicine designates this educational activity for a maximum of 3 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

It is the policy of Mount Sinai School of Medicine to ensure objectivity, balance, independence, transparency, and scientific rigor in all CME-sponsored educational activities. All faculty participating in the planning or implementation of a sponsored activity are expected to disclose to the audience any relevant financial relationships and to assist in resolving any conflict of interest that may arise from the relationship. Presenters must also make a meaningful disclosure to the audience of their discussions of unlabeled or unapproved drugs or devices.

This activity has been peer-reviewed and approved by Eric Hollander, MD, professor of psychiatry, Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Review Date: March 30, 2006.

To receive credit for this activity: Read this article and the two CME-designated accompanying articles, reflect on the information presented, and then complete the CME quiz. To obtain credits, you should score 70% or better. Termination date: May 31, 2008. The estimated time to complete all three articles and the quiz is 3 hours. 

Primary Psychiatry. 2006;13(5):61-66