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  1. The relationship of agoraphobia and panic in a community sample of adolescents and young adults.

    Article - En anglais

    Background 

    Data are presented on the prevalence of DSM-IV panic and agoraphobia in a community sample of adolescents and young adults in Munich, Germany.

    Methods 

    A total of 3021 respondents aged 14 to 24 years were assessed with a revised version of the Composite International Diagnostic Interview (CIDI).

    Respondents classified as having agoraphobia without panic were subtyped by number of agoraphobic trigger situations and subjected to a clinical review.

    Results 

    Lifetime prevalence of DSM-IV agoraphobia in the revised CIDI was higher (8.5%) than that of panic attack (4.3%) or panic disorder with (0.8%) or without (0.8%) agoraphobia.

    Marked differences in symptomatology, course, and associated impairments between panic disorder and agoraphobia were found.

    Most patients with agoraphobia reported neither full nor limited attacks or uncued paniclike experiences.

    Clinical review revealed that many respondents classified by the CIDI as having agoraphobia actually have specific phobia, resulting in a corrected agoraphobia prevalence of 3.5%. Number of agoraphobia trigger situations was identified as a useful way of differentiating patients with true agoraphobia from those with simple phobia.

    Even after correcting for overdiagnosis, however, the majority of respondents with confirmed agoraphobia were found not to have a prior history of panic.

    Conclusions 

    The results call into question the assumed key pathogenic role of panic attacks in the onset of agoraphobia. (...)

    Mots-clés Pascal : Panique, Association morbide, Agoraphobie, Prévalence, Epidémiologie, Allemagne, Europe, Pathogénie, Santé mentale, Adulte jeune, Homme, Trouble anxieux, Attaque panique

    Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Panic, Concomitant disease, Agoraphobia, Prevalence, Epidemiology, Germany, Europe, Pathogenesis, Mental health, Young adult, Human, Anxiety disorder

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    Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique

    Cote : 99-0013048

    Code Inist : 002B18C08A. Création : 31/05/1999.