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J Anxiety Disord. 2002;16(6):599-603.

Lifetime trauma history and panic disorder: findings from the National Comorbidity Survey.

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Stanford University School of Medicine, VA Palo Alto Health Care System, Menlo Park, CA 94025, USA.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The purpose of this article is to examine prevalence of lifetime traumatic experiences in a community sample of panic disorder patients.

METHOD:

We examined trauma rates in a cohort of panic disorder patients. Also, we statistically disaggregated comorbid PTSD from individuals diagnosed with panic disorder in the National Comorbidity Survey.

FINDINGS:

Panic disorder patients suffer lifetime traumatic experiences at high rates. We found that 24.2% of females and 5% of males with panic disorder reported previous history of being sexually molested.

CONCLUSIONS:

These results suggest that trauma may act as a risk factor for panic disorder, as well as comorbid panic disorder and PTSD.

PMID:
12405520
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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