The association of panic/agoraphobia and asthma. Contributing factors and clinical implications.

@article{Shavitt1992TheAO,
  title={The association of panic/agoraphobia and asthma. Contributing factors and clinical implications.},
  author={Roseli Gendaki Shavitt and Valentim Gentil and R Mandetta},
  journal={General hospital psychiatry},
  year={1992},
  volume={14 6},
  pages={420-3}
}
The point prevalence of phobic anxiety disorders was determined in 107 asthmatic outpatients through a standardized psychiatric interview and DSM-III-R diagnostic criteria. Agoraphobia and panic disorder were more prevalent (13.1% and 6.5%, respectively) than in the general population. Contributing factors and the clinical implications of this association are discussed. The recognition of specific anxiety syndromes enhances the efficacy of the treatment of anxious asthmatic patients. 

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