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Difficulties in emotion regulation are associated with panic symptom severity following a quit attempt among cannabis dependent veterans.

Galang JN, Babson KA, Boden MT, Bonn-Miller MO. Difficulties in emotion regulation are associated with panic symptom severity following a quit attempt among cannabis dependent veterans. Anxiety, stress, and coping. 2014 Jul 18; 28(2):192-204.

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Abstract:

BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Prior research suggests that difficulties in emotion regulation are associated with elevations in panic symptoms. The present study aimed to extend this work by prospectively examining the relation between difficulties in emotion regulation and panic symptoms over the course of a self-guided cannabis cessation attempt. DESIGN AND METHOD: One hundred and four cannabis-dependent military veterans participated in the study. Difficulties in emotion regulation and panic symptoms were assessed at baseline and at each week during a four-week cessation attempt for a total of five time-points. RESULTS: Fewer difficulties in emotion regulation were associated with a greater reduction in panic symptoms during the self-guided cannabis cessation period. RESULTS remained significant after statistically adjusting for mean substance use (i.e., cannabis, alcohol, and tobacco) during the study period. CONCLUSIONS: RESULTS are discussed in terms of integrating adaptive emotion regulation skills training into existing evidence-based treatments for cannabis dependence.





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