Psychiatric Pearls

  1. What features do you need to make the diagnosis of panic disorder?
    They can be situationally bound or cued, but must occur spontaneously for a diagnosis of panic disorder to be made.
  2. What sex is more likely to develop panic disorder?
    Women are two to three times more likely than men to develop panic disorder
  3. What is the typical age range in which panic disorder develops?
    The age of onset is typically from late adolescence to the mid-30s.
  4. Medical conditions that you need to rule out before you make the diagnosis of panic disorder:
    • Hyperthyroidism
    • Hypoglycemia
    • Hypoxia
    • MI
    • Pheochromocytoma
  5. Treatment options for panic disorder:
    Short term: Short-acting benzo like Alprazolam should be considered for rapid control

    Long term: SSRI's and CBT
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Psychiatric Pearls
Psychiatric Pearls