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A cognitive model of panic disorder and agoraphobia. Psychopathological aspects and treatment
Journal Title: PSICOBIETTIVO 
Author/s: Andrea Gragnani, Giulia Paradisi, Francesco Mancini 
Year:  2011 Issue: Language: Italian 
Pages:  19 Pg. 36-54 FullText PDF:  151 KB
DOI:  10.3280/PSOB2011-003003
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The aim of this article lies in presenting a improvement of the cognitive model of Panic Disorder, particularly to Clark, who although over the years has achieved strong empirical evidence and clinical support, it considers agoraphobia not just as a subclass of avoidances of Panic Disorder. Our model aims to overcome the explanatory limits of the classical model and it provides the presence of a specific class of sensations feared by agoraphobic subject, those related to the impairment of the sense of self, and a peculiar catastrophic evaluation of them. It is manifested apparently as fears of death and madness, but it would be due to fear of loss of control perceived as final and irrecoverable dissolution of the sense of self.
Keywords: Panic Disorder; Agoraphobia; Cognitive Therapy; Interoceptive Exposure

Andrea Gragnani, Giulia Paradisi, Francesco Mancini, A cognitive model of panic disorder and agoraphobia. Psychopathological aspects and treatment in "PSICOBIETTIVO" 3/2011, pp. 36-54, DOI:10.3280/PSOB2011-003003

   

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