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Clin EEG Neurosci. 2011 Jul;42(3):166-74.

The diagnostic value of clinical EEG in detecting abnormal synchronicity in panic disorder.

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Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, University Hospital Leipzig, Germany. michael.adamaszek@sachsenklinik.de

Abstract

Electroencephalographic (EEG) findings repeatedly reported abnormal synchronous or even epileptiform discharges in panic disorder. Although less frequently occurring in patients with panic disorder, these deviant EEG features during panic attacks were also observed in intracranial EEG. For this purpose, our article reviews the consideration of abnormal synchronous neuronal activity in different neurocircuits, particularly limbic, as a suggested condition of panic attacks. Therapeutic approaches of anticonvulsants have shown reductions of symptoms and frequency of attacks in numerous patients suffering from panic disorder, supporting the presumption of underlying abnormal synchronous neuronal activity. Thus, scalp EEG recordings are still recommended for discovering indications of abnormal synchronous neuronal activity in panic patients.

PMID:
21870468
DOI:
10.1177/155005941104200305
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