What causes new-onset panic disorder in menopause?

Updated: Jan 30, 2019
  • Author: Nita V Bhatt, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Ana Hategan, MD, FRCPC  more...
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Panic disorder is common during perimenopause. New-onset panic disorder may occur during menopause, or preexisting panic disorder may worsen. Panic disorder may be most common in women with many physical symptoms of menopause. [22] In a cross-sectional survey of 3369 postmenopausal women aged 50–79 years, panic attacks were most prevalent among women in the menopausal transition. These attacks were associated with negative life events, functional impairment, and medical comorbidity. [23]


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