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Recognition and Treatment of Panic Disorder

J Clin Psychiatry 2007;68(11):e26

Panic disorder is a common, disabling condition that affects 3% to 5% of the world’s population. Although it is treatable, panic disorder goes unrecognized and untreated in many patients. Patients with panic disorder have an increased risk for other psychiatric disorders, especially other anxiety disorders, and panic disorder is associated with other medical conditions such as migraines, fibromyalgia, and irritable bowel syndrome. Clinicians treating panic disorder must be able to recognize the disorder, differentiate it from other disorders in which panic attacks are part of the symptomatology, and map out an individualized treatment plan for each patient. This presentation discusses the importance of collaboration between doctor and patient and details available treatment options, including antidepressants, benzodiazepines, and cognitive-behavioral therapy.

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