Emotional reactions to physiological sensations

panic disorder patients and non-clinical Ss

Ronald M. Rapee*, Julie R. Ancis, David H. Barlow

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

One hundred and fifty-one non-clinical Ss and 18 patients suffering panic disorder with agoraphobia completed a questionnaire to assess their experience of physiological sensations and their emotional reactions to these sensations. The non-clinical group was divided into those who reported having ever experienced a DSM-III-R uncued panic attack (n = 21) and those who did not (n = 130). The results indicated that physiological sensations characteristic of panic attacks are commonly experienced by non-clinical Ss. The major difference between panic disorder patients and non-clinical Ss who had never experienced a panic attack is that the former group are far more likely to respond with anxiety to the sensations. Non-clinical panickers fall between the other two groups in terms of their anxious response to physical sensations. The panic disorder Ss report a greater intensity, duration and frequency of the physiological sensations than either of the non-clinical groups. The results provide some support for biopsychosocial models of panic attacks.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)265-269
Number of pages5
JournalBehaviour Research and Therapy
Volume26
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1988
Externally publishedYes

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