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The use of Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) in women with panic disorder: A pilot study

Citation (APA style): Taylor, E., Kalla, M., Freedom, J., & Crowley, K. (2020). The use of Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) in women with panic disorder: A pilot study. Energy Psychology: Theory, Research, and Treatment, 12(2), 12—19. doi:10.9769/EPJ.2020.12.2.ET


Panic disorder is a disabling condition associated with reduced quality of life and impaired functioning. It is one of the most common mental health conditions in the United States and several European countries, and causes a significant burden of disease on impacted families. Typically, women have double the prevalence rate of anxiety-related disorders as compared to men. This preliminary study aimed to explore whether Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) offers potential as a treatment to reduce fear of future panic attacks in women who suffer from panic attacks. Eight women participated in the study. Outcomes were measured using the Subjective Units of Distress (SUD) scale and the Panic and Agoraphobia Scale (PAS). Results indicated reductions in both SUD and PAS scores at pre- and post-intervention, though not statistically significant, likely due to the small sample size. Nonetheless, the findings of this study support preliminary evidence that EFT may offer potential as a treatment for women with panic disorder. Further research to confirm statistical significance and long-term impacts of EFT needs to be conducted.

Keywords: Emotional Freedom Techniques, EFT, panic disorder, women’s health, mental health, pilot study, panic attacks

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