The symptom structure of panic attacks in depressed and anxious patients.
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This study examined the panic symptom profiles of three diagnostic groups: those with panic disorder and no history of major depression; those with panic disorder with a history of major depressive episode but no current depression; and those current major depression with panic disorder. Patients were compared on the frequency of specific panic attack symptoms based on structured interview responses. The symptom profiles of all three groups were significantly correlated. The patients with past and current depressive episodes had the most similar symptom structure.
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