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Nature and Treatment of Panic Disorder

  • Jürgen Margraf
  • Anke Ehlers
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Part of the Applied Clinical Psychology book series (NSSB)

Abstract

Over the course of this century, public health service has considerably improved in the industrialized countries. Thus, in the Federal Republic of Germany, infectious and parasitical diseases nowadays only amount to 0.5% of all causes of death. As a consequence, the most important task of our public health system is no longer the treatment of acute diseases, but the therapy of chronic syndromes that are often caused by a variety of factors. Recent research has shown that psychological factors are of great importance for many disturbances. Thus, an unhealthy lifestyle has a considerable influence on a great number of diseases. For instance, the research focussing on coronary heart diseases, which are by far the most frequent cause of death, shows that avoidable behaviors like smoking or false nutrition habits are the most important risk factors.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jürgen Margraf
    • 1
    • 2
  • Anke Ehlers
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Christoph-Dornier-StiftungKlinische PsychologieMarburgGermany
  2. 2.Fachbereich PsychologiePhilipps-Universität MarburgMarburgGermany

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