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Treatment of Anxiety Disorders in a Psychology Clinic

  • Francisco J. Labrador (a1), Francisco J. Estupiñá (a1), Mónica Bernaldo-de-Quirós (a1), Ignacio Fernández-Arias (a1), Pablo Alonso (a1), Francisco Ballesteros (a1), Carmen Blanco (a1) and Laura Gómez (a1)...

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People with anxiety disorders demand psychological attention most often. Therefore, it seems important to identify both the characteristics of the patients who demand help and the clinical variables related to that demand and its treatment. A cohort of 292 patients who requested help at a university clinical facility was studied. The typical profile of the patient was: being female, young, unmarried, with some college education, and having previously received treatment, especially pharmacological one. The three most frequent diagnoses of anxiety, which include 50% of the cases, were: Anxiety Disorder not otherwise specified, Social Phobia, and Panic Disorder with Agoraphobia. Regarding the characteristics of the intervention, the average duration of the assessment was 3.5 sessions (SD = 1.2), and the duration of the treatment was 14 sessions (SD = 11.2). The percentage of discharges was 70.2%. The average cost of treatment was around €840. The results are discussed, underlining the value of empirically supported treatments for anxiety disorders.

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*Correspondence concerning this article should be addressed to Francisco J. Estupiñá. Facultad de Psicología. Campus de Somosaguas. Universidad Complutense de Madrid. CP 28223. Pozuelo de Alarcón. Madrid. (Spain). Phone: +34–913942832. E-mail: fjepuig@ucm.es

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