A comparison of panic disorder and agoraphobia with panic attacks

Bruce A. Thyer, Joseph Himle, George C. Curtis, Oliver G. Cameron, Randolph M. Nesse

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The validity of distinguishing between the diagnoses of panic disorder and agoraphobia with panic attacks was examined in a study of 20 patients with each disorder. Comparison of demographic, psychometric, and clinical features of the two groups revealed few differences. Agoraphobics scored higher on ratings of interpersonal sensitivity, phobic anxiety, paranoid ideation, and alcohol use. Panic disorder patients more frequently reported periods of remissions from anxiety symptomatology. These results support the validity of conceptualizing agoraphobia with panic attacks and panic disorder as subcategories of a core endogenous anxiety disorder.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)208-214
Number of pages7
JournalComprehensive Psychiatry
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 1 1985


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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