The One-Week Panic Program

Do you experience frequent panic attacks? Or avoid situations due to fear of panicking?

We are inviting people who struggle with panic attacks to help evaluate an online program of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) that is delivered in an 'accelerated' or 'intensive' time-frame.

We know from past research that CBT for panic disorder can be delivered intensively in just one week when it’s provided through face-to-face sessions . There is also good evidence that online CBT is an effective treatment for panic disorder when it’s delivered over 2 months. We are now combining those two approaches to see if CBT can be delivered intensely in one week via the internet.

NOTE: We are looking for participants for two panic studies at the moment. If you would prefer to do an online CBT program over 2 months, please check out the Panic Uplift Study at

What does the One-Week Panic Program involve?
The program starts on a Monday and finishes on Sunday. Participants are asked to spend 3-4 hours per day on therapy activities during that week. We know it’s a big commitment, so you can choose a week that is convenient for you!

The program includes 6 comic-style lesson and worksheets that help you apply the ideas from each lesson to your own life. A new lesson is released each day (except for Saturday). At the end of each lesson you will be given an action plan to carry out for the rest of the day, which is all about practicing the skills that were taught in the lesson. You will receive support from a mental health clinician via phone and email throughout the week. All of our clinicians specialise in panic and anxiety.

You would be asked to answer questionnaires before each lesson, then 1 week and 2 months after you finish the treatment week.

Who can apply?
To participate you need to live in Australia, be at least 18 years old, have regular access to a computer with internet (webcam is not needed), and be willing to provide us with your full name, email, phone number and address, so that we can contact you.

Unfortunately, we can’t include people with bipolar disorder, psychosis, or schizophrenia, as we don’t have evidence that our program is helpful for these conditions. We also can’t include people who are suicidal.

We will assess for other eligibility criteria during the application process. We may ask to call you for a 45 minute phone interview.

Is it free?

Want to apply?
It is best to complete your application using a desktop PC or a laptop and Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome as the web browser. At this time, we discourage the use of mobile phones to complete your application.

Feel free to contact us at (email is monitored during business hours AEDT) if you would like to speak further with the study team, or if you have any questions or concerns. The study team includes researchers at St Vincent’s Hospital and the University of New South Wales.

If you are interested in participating in our study, please read the Participant Information Sheet and then click "Apply Now" below to register and get started on some questionnaires to work out if this is the right study for you.

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