What is the purpose of a medical evaluation for patients with panic disorder?

Updated: Mar 21, 2018
  • Author: Mohammed A Memon, MD; Chief Editor: Randon S Welton, MD  more...
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A general medical evaluation is important to rule out medical causes of panic symptoms. [55, 56] History, collateral information, and physical examination, as well as a mental status examination remain the diagnostic cornerstones for panic disorder. It is crucial to assess the specific features of the individual patient’s panic disorder, such as whether agoraphobia is present, the extent of situational fear and avoidance, and whether there are comorbid psychiatric conditions, all of which can affect the course, treatment, and prognosis of panic disorder. [55, 56]


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