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Managing panic disorder in general practice

Austin, David, Blashki, Grant, Barton, David and Klein, Britt 2005, Managing panic disorder in general practice, Australian family physician, vol. 34, no. 7, pp. 563-571.

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Title Managing panic disorder in general practice
Author(s) Austin, DavidORCID iD for Austin, David orcid.org/0000-0002-1296-3555
Blashki, Grant
Barton, David
Klein, Britt
Journal name Australian family physician
Volume number 34
Issue number 7
Start page 563
End page 571
Total pages 9
Publisher Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Publication date 2005
ISSN 0300-8495
Keyword(s) antidepressant agent
benzodiazepine derivative
serotonin uptake inhibitor
Summary BACKGROUND: Panic disorder (PD) is common in the community and contributes to significant distress and decreased quality of life for people who suffer from it. Most people with PD will present in the first instance to their general practitioner or hospital emergency department for assistance, often with a focus on somatic symptoms and concerns.

OBJECTIVE: This article aims to assist the GP to manage this group of patients by providing an outline of aetiology, approaches to assessment, and common management strategies.

DISCUSSION Although GPs have an important role to play in ruling out any causal organic basis for panic symptoms, the diagnosis of PD can usually be made as a positive diagnosis on the basis of careful history taking. Thorough and empathic education is a vital step in management. The prognosis for PD can be improved by lifestyle changes, specific psychological techniques, and the judicious use of pharmacotherapy.
Language eng
Field of Research 179999 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2005, Royal Australian College of General Practitioners
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30052197

Document type: Journal Article
Collections: School of Psychology
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