Clinical Features of Panic Disorder

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A. Patients often believe that they have a serious medical condition. Marked anxiety about having future panic attacks (anticipatory anxiety) is common.

B. In agoraphobia, the most common fears are of being outside alone or of being in crowds or traveling. The first panic attack often occurs without an acute stressor or warning. Later in the disorder, panic attacks may occur in relation to specific situations, and phobic avoidance to these situations can occur.

C. Major Depression occurs in over fifty percent of patients. Agoraphobia may develop in patients with simple panic attacks. Elevation of blood pressure and tachycardia may occur during a panic attack.

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