Managing panic disorder in general medical practice

Austin, David, Blashki, Grant, Barton, David and Klein, Britt 2006, Managing panic disorder in general medical practice, Lekarz Rodzinny, vol. 1, no. 101, pp. 108-115.

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Title Managing panic disorder in general medical practice
Author(s) Austin, DavidORCID iD for Austin, David
Blashki, Grant
Barton, David
Klein, Britt
Journal name Lekarz Rodzinny
Volume number 1
Issue number 101
Start page 108
End page 115
Total pages 8
Publisher AKTIS
Place of publication [Warsaw, Poland]
Publication date 2006
ISSN 1426-2088
Keyword(s) aetiology
cognitive behaviour therapy
general practice
panic disorder
patient education
physician attitudes
relaxation training
quality of life
stress management
Summary 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. 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. 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
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