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The Fear of Fear: Panic Disorder and Agoraphobia

Prof. Vijaya Manicavasagar

What are panic attacks and why do they happen? Can panic attacks kill you? Can they make you lose your mind? Or are they just a completely harmless, albeit horrendous natural bodily function?

In today’s episode Prof. Vijaya Manicavasagar joins me to discuss the twin topic of panic disorder and agoraphobia. We discuss how panic disorder and agoraphobia are related, how and why the one develops into the other, and most importantly the various treatments options available, including a couple of self-help suggestions.

Vijaya is Director of Psychological Services and Director of the Psychology Clinic at the Black Dog Institute, associate Professor at the School of Psychiatry, University of New South Wales, and the lead investigator in a series of studies on the development and implementation of wellbeing programs in schools in Australia.

As well being in involved in the development of several apps and online programs with Digital Dog, a research group within the Black Dog Institute working to use technology the solve mental health problems, she is also co-author of the book Overcoming Panic and Agoraphobia.

 

Vijaya’s Recommended Links

The Black Dog Institute – a world leader in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mood disorders such as depression and bipolar disorder.

Digital Dog – Improving mental health through technology.

Spark –  a mobile phone application which identifies people’s values, describes them, and then provides steps to improve one’s life to be consistent with those values.

Books Mentioned in This Episode

     

 

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