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In a clinical sample of 100 outpatients with panic disorder, 42% had a history of suicide attempt. Female sex and being single, divorced, or widowed were associated with an increased risk of suicide attempt. Thirty-one (73.8%) of the suicide attempts occurred after the first panic attack and 27 (64.3%) after the onset of panic disorder. Eighty-eight of(More)
OBJECTIVE Continuing the long history of interest in the relation of anxiety disorders to cardiovascular function and symptoms, this study investigated the level of anxiety and prevalence of panic disorder in cardiac patients and the possible associations between specific abnormal ECG results and a diagnosis of panic disorder. METHOD Consecutive patients(More)
The Social Adjustment Scale Self-Report (SAS-SR) is a simple and inexpensive method, which allows the routine assessment of the patient's social adjustment, especially in the case of depression. Compared with other scales based on an interview with the patient, the SAS-SR is more sensitive to change in the patient's clinical status. The SAS-SR is a useful(More)
The aim of this study was to assess the relative impact of co-mobidity and of symptom severity on the costs of caring for patients with generalized anxiety disorders (GAD). One thousand and forty-two patients with GAD according to DSM III-R were observed by psychiatrists using a cross-sectional methodology. Demographic, clinical, therapeutic as well as(More)
Though the concept of impulsiveness is controversial, there are many attempts being made to measure this dimension. In this context, only psychometric measures are widely considered valid and are routinely in use. Barratt developed the first scale that specifically measured impulsiveness. Subsequently, various refinements have improved the validity of(More)
Both epidemiological and clinical studies have demonstrated a high prevalence of panic disorder among alcoholic patients. In contrast, little attention has been given to studying alcohol abuse and/or dependence in patients suffering from panic disorder. One hundred and fifty-five consecutive referrals for treatment for panic disorder were interviewed using(More)