What is the potential for noncompliance in the treatment of panic disorder?

Updated: Mar 21, 2018
  • Author: Mohammed A Memon, MD; Chief Editor: Randon S Welton, MD  more...
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Patients with panic disorder are reluctant to believe their symptoms are not life-threatening and have a high rate of emergency department use. Moreover, because of a reluctance to use medications (related to a fear of losing control), patients with panic disorder are frequently noncompliant. Psychiatrists need to not only assess and identify potential barriers to treatment compliance but also work with the patient to minimize or overcome these roadblocks. [55]

Patients with panic disorder also have a 4-fold increase in the risk of adverse medication effects, which can result in noncompliance and temporarily increased anxiety. Psychiatrists should encourage patients to discuss such concerns as well as provide realistic expectations at various points in their treatment. [55]

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