Interpersonal Psychotherapy for Patients with Panic Spectrum Symptoms: A Pilot Study

Department of Psychiatry, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15213, USA.
Depression and Anxiety (Impact Factor: 4.41). 01/2005; 21(3):140-2. DOI: 10.1002/da.20069
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Patients whose depression is complicated by a lifetime history of panic symptoms display a poorer treatment response to both psychotherapeutic and pharmacologic interventions. A newly adapted psychosocial treatment for depression with lifetime panic spectrum symptoms was evaluated in an open pilot study.

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    • "IPT-PS retains both the structure and interpersonal problem areas of standard IPT, while incorporating modified cognitive, behavioral and emotion-focused strategies to identify and reduce panic and anxiety symptoms that interfere with interpersonal problem-solving tasks. For example, additional anxiety-focused goals of IPT-PS include helping patients to: accurately identify co-occurring anxiety symptoms and syndromes; reduce fears of physiologic arousal and patterns of somatic preoccupation; identify and distinguish between emotions; and reduce avoidance behaviors (Cyranowski et al., 2005). "
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    ABSTRACT: Objective: We demonstrate the utility of the time-varying effect model (TVEM) for the analysis of psychotherapy data, with the aim of elucidating complex patterns of change over time and dynamic associations between constructs of interest. Specifically, we examine the association between depression and co-occurring anxiety in a sample of adults treated with interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT) for depression or a variant designed to address both depression and co-occurring anxiety (IPT-PS, IPT for depression with panic and anxiety symptoms). Method: Seventy-eight (82% female) adult outpatients with major depression and co-occurring anxiety were assessed at each of 16 outpatient treatment sessions using the Hamilton rating scales for depression and anxiety. Results: On average, depressive symptoms declined in a quadratic form over the course of treatment. While the association between anxiety and depression was modest early in treatment, it strengthened over the middle and latter treatment phases. Finally, exploratory analyses suggest that while IPT and IPT-PS were similarly effective in reducing depressive symptoms, IPT-PS may be more effective at uncoupling the association between core anxiety and depressive symptoms. Conclusions: Findings point to the utility of the TVEM for psychotherapy research and the importance of assessing anxiety in the course of treating depression, especially following the initial phase of treatment (i.e., after Session 5).
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    • "Thus, co-occurring anxiety and avoidance behaviors may interfere with the active resolution of interpersonal problems as prescribed by interpersonal psychotherapy. Adaptations of psychotherapy that incorporate anxiety-specific psychoeducation and behavioral interventions, such as interpersonal psychotherapy for depression with panic spectrum symptoms (Cyranowski et al., 2005) hold promise. Cognitive behavioral therapy for older patients with anxiety syndromes (Wetherell et al., 2003; Wetherell et al., 2005) provides an alternative approach. "
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