Nashville, Tennessee (PRWEB) April 17, 2014
Nashville therapist Bonnie Lenihan announced today's launch of "How to End Panic Disorder: A Simple Guide," a trailblazing new e-booklet that untangles the mystery of what causes panic disorder and lays out simple steps for resolving it.
Written for persons who have panic disorder and for health care professionals who treat it, Lenihan's e-booklet identifies the specific patterns of thought that trigger the panic attacks, cause panic disorder, and predispose people to develop it. It also articulates a simple problem-solving method for ending the disorder.
Panic disorder is a disabling condition marked by recurrent panic attacks and an ongoing dread of future ones. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, the disorder affects about six million adults in the United States and its cause is unknown.
Lenihan, a licensed clinical social worker with a doctorate in economics, believes it is possible to eliminate the needless suffering and considerable health care costs related to panic disorder. "The key to ending panic disorder is to eliminate what causes it. The alternative," said Lenihan, "is to manage symptoms indefinitely."
Currently, the standard treatments for panic disorder are drugs and cognitive behavioral therapy. Although considered "evidence-based," they perform little better than placebos in randomized controlled trials and tend to leave the condition chronic.
"A popular misconception is that evidence-based treatments are scientifically proven to work. In reality, the treatments outperform placebos in randomized controlled trials by a statistically, but not necessarily clinically, significant difference. In other words, they may be of little real value to patients," said Lenihan.
The easy-to-read 42-page booklet, "How to End Panic Disorder: A Simple Guide," is available for purchase at Lenihan's web site, http://www.howtoendpanicdisorder.com, in PDF format.
Bonnie Lenihan PhD LCSW holds a masters degree in social work from the University of Chicago and a doctorate in economics from the University of Tennessee. A native Chicagoan and long-time Nashville resident, she looks forward to her upcoming move to rural Tennessee where she will be working on a book.