Overprediction of fear in panic disorder with agoraphobia

Behav Res Ther. 1994 Sep;32(7):735-9. doi: 10.1016/0005-7967(94)90030-2.


The overprediction of fear model is discussed in relation to the development and maintenance of panic disorder with agoraphobia. Data are presented which demonstrate a significant relationship between self-reports of phobic avoidance and anticipation of panic, both before and after treatment, and the occurrence of panic. Implications of the overprediction model for exposure-based therapy are also discussed along with its limitations and some directions for future research.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Agoraphobia / diagnosis
  • Agoraphobia / psychology*
  • Agoraphobia / therapy
  • Behavior Therapy
  • Cognition
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Models, Psychological
  • Panic Disorder / diagnosis
  • Panic Disorder / psychology*
  • Panic Disorder / therapy
  • Probability
  • Psychiatric Status Rating Scales