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A study of the phenomenology of panic attacks in patients from India.
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PMID:  12766319     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
We studied the symptom structure of panic attacks in 94 patients attending an outpatient psychiatric clinic. Autonomic symptoms of anxiety were reported by the majority of the panic patients. As compared with studies from the West, certain cognitive symptoms, such as fear of loss of control and depersonalization, and vestibular symptoms were endorsed by fewer panic patients. The majority of our panic patients tended to seek help initially from physicians and medical specialists. The majority of the patients also did not experience some DSM-IV symptoms as part of their panic attacks. Comorbid psychiatric conditions influenced the symptom structure of panic attacks. A higher number of agoraphobics as compared with patients with uncomplicated panic disorders had the symptoms of fear of loss of control and fainting. Our findings support the notion that the experience of panic attacks is variable and differs across cultures.
I Neerakal; K Srinivasan
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Psychopathology     Volume:  36     ISSN:  0254-4962     ISO Abbreviation:  Psychopathology     Publication Date:    2003 Mar-Apr
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-05-26     Completed Date:  2003-10-07     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8401537     Medline TA:  Psychopathology     Country:  Switzerland    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  92-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright 2003 S. Karger AG, Basel
Department of Psychiatry, St. John's Medical College Hospital, Sarjapur Road, Bangalore 560034, India.
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MeSH Terms
Agoraphobia / diagnosis,  psychology
Panic Disorder / diagnosis,  ethnology*,  psychology*
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