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J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 1992 Jan;31(1):112-4; discussion 114-6.

Child panic revisited.

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Department of Therapeutics, New York State Psychiatric Institute.


Childhood panic attacks and panic disorder were assessed retrospectively in adult anxiety clinic patients (N = 343) and their adult relatives (N = 560). Only nine (1%) of the 903 subjects were judged to have experienced spontaneous panic attacks before age 13 by clinically trained interviewers. The narrative summaries of these cases were reviewed, and only three of nine provided convincing descriptions of spontaneous panic attacks in childhood. The authors conclude that prepubertal spontaneous panic attacks are rare, and that retrospective assessments of panic phenomena are difficult, even among adequately trained mental health professionals.

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