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Diagnosis of Panic Disorder, Anxiety Symptoms

Abstract: Criteria for the diagnosis of panic disorders are repeated panic attacks, and concern and worry about them.

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Diagnosis of Panic Disorder, Anxiety Symptoms

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Written by: Petros Skapinakis, MD, MPH, PhD, lecturer of Psychiatry in the University of Ioannina Medical School, Greece. Eva Gerasi, postgraduate student in the Department of Psychiatry, University Hospital of Ioannina, Greece.
First version: 22 Jul 2008.
Latest revision: 22 Jul 2008.

How do we put the diagnosis of panic disorder? Which Anxiety Symptoms are required?

Answer:

We say someone suffers from panic disorder when there are:
  • Recurrent unexpected panic attacks (with no specific stimulus)
  • Concern about additional attacks (phobophobia)
  • Worry about implications of attack (loss of control, "going crazy")
  • Change in behaviour related to attacks
We must always be careful to exclude epilepsy and acute intoxication with or withdrawal from alcohol or illicit drugs (amphetamines, cocaine) or even caffeine.
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