Academic Highlights: Panic Disorder: Making Clinical Sense of the Latest Research
J Clin Psychiatry 1997;58(3):127-134
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In his opening remarks, Jonathan
R. T. Davidson, M.D., noted that the
concept of quality of life—“the impact
of illnesses on everyday life, everyday
functioning, personal contentment,
behaviors”—has only recently received
recognition as an important
consideration in the treatment of all
anxiety disorders, including panic disorder.
According to Dr. Davidson, quality
of life is generally measured in three
separate domains: personal happiness,
which may be assessed in part by examining
the patient’s relationships and
tendencies toward substance abuse
and suicide attempts; role functioning,
which includes work and family adjustment
and the pursuit of social and
leisure activities; and health status,
which encompasses the patient’s use
of medical resources and limitations
on functioning. He stressed that all
three domains must be addressed when
evaluating the impact of treatment on
quality of life in panic disorder.