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Cognitive-Behavior Therapy by Any Other Name Still Smells as Sweet

M. Katherine Shear, MD; David H. Barlow, PhD
Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1998;55(7):665-666. doi:.
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Menzies' letter refers to our article reporting equivalent results of nonprescriptive treatment (now called emotion focused treatment, or EFT) and cognitive behavioral panic control treatment (PCT).1 Menzies contends that because of its information-providing component, EFT was simply another form of PCT. Is Menzies correct? We believe he is wrong and present herein an argument to support our position. However, we recognize that since symptoms were not assessed after 3 sessions, the possibility still exists that information alone accounts for the beneficial effects of EFT. Moreover, unlike PCT, which is a well-established treatment, we believe that the EFT results must be replicated and compared with an appropriate control before the efficacy of this treatment can be confirmed. Nevertheless, we challenge 3 premises explicit or implicit in Menzies' argument that (1) EFT was very similar to PCT; (2) nothing beyond information about panic contributed to the effects of EFT; and (3) formal elements of cognitive behavioral treatment (CBT) are not required to achieve results with PCT.


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