The results of the authors' research efforts to date support the idea that the panic-agoraphobic spectrum is a robust and culturally transferable construct with important clinical implications for patients with mood and anxiety disorders. In particular, their findings suggest the need for alternate treatment strategies to treat mood patients with comorbid panic features [50,52]. They maintain that the spectrum approach could add to the knowledge of course and outcome of mood and anxiety disorders and inform treatment decisions. The spectrum concept has other potential implications. For the purposes of neurobiologic research, reliable identification of phenotypes that map onto specific brain processes is crucial. The definition of the diathesis phenotype is also important if we are to elucidate the cause and pathophysiology of mental disorders at a molecular level. A panic-agoraphobic spectrum assessment incorporates temperamental features and trait-like manifestations into a comprehensive symptom assessment to provide a detailed picture of the clinical features of PD. Such an approach holds some promise for progress in studies of neurobiologic basis of panic and may be useful in further efforts to overcome the nagging problem of the ambiguous boundaries of DSM diagnostic categories [53].

Shear, M.K., Cassano, G.B., Frank, E., Gucci, P., Rotunda, A., & Fagiolini, A. (2002). The panic agoraphobic spectrum: Development, description and clinical significance. PSYCHIATRIC CLINICS OF NORTH AMERICA, 25(4), 739-756 [10.1016/S0193-953X(02)00032-1].

The panic agoraphobic spectrum: Development, description and clinical significance

FAGIOLINI, A.
2002

Abstract

The results of the authors' research efforts to date support the idea that the panic-agoraphobic spectrum is a robust and culturally transferable construct with important clinical implications for patients with mood and anxiety disorders. In particular, their findings suggest the need for alternate treatment strategies to treat mood patients with comorbid panic features [50,52]. They maintain that the spectrum approach could add to the knowledge of course and outcome of mood and anxiety disorders and inform treatment decisions. The spectrum concept has other potential implications. For the purposes of neurobiologic research, reliable identification of phenotypes that map onto specific brain processes is crucial. The definition of the diathesis phenotype is also important if we are to elucidate the cause and pathophysiology of mental disorders at a molecular level. A panic-agoraphobic spectrum assessment incorporates temperamental features and trait-like manifestations into a comprehensive symptom assessment to provide a detailed picture of the clinical features of PD. Such an approach holds some promise for progress in studies of neurobiologic basis of panic and may be useful in further efforts to overcome the nagging problem of the ambiguous boundaries of DSM diagnostic categories [53].
Shear, M.K., Cassano, G.B., Frank, E., Gucci, P., Rotunda, A., & Fagiolini, A. (2002). The panic agoraphobic spectrum: Development, description and clinical significance. PSYCHIATRIC CLINICS OF NORTH AMERICA, 25(4), 739-756 [10.1016/S0193-953X(02)00032-1].
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