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Physical symptoms and illness attributions in agoraphobia and panic

Ahmad, T; Wardle, J; Hayward, P; (1992) Physical symptoms and illness attributions in agoraphobia and panic. Behavior Research and Therapy , 30 (5) 493 - 500.

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Abstract

The cognitive model of panic disorder proposes that panic patients interpret physical symptoms in a catastrophic way, thus precipitating panic attacks. This study describes the development of a questionnaire measure designed to assess beliefs about the health implications of various symptoms. Two groups, agoraphobics and normals, were compared on a variety of measures. Agoraphobics showed much higher panic frequency, fear of anxiety, and prevalence of frightening cognitions when anxious, but did not score higher than normals when assessing seriousness of symptoms. The implications of these results are considered.

Type:Article
Title:Physical symptoms and illness attributions in agoraphobia and panic
Additional information:Imported via OAI, 7:29:01 19th Jan 2006
UCL classification:UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute of Epidemiology and Health Care > Epidemiology and Public Health

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