Panic disorder in primary care: A cause of unexplained symptoms
DAVID J. MUZINA, MD
Former chief resident, psychiatry, Cleveland Clinic. Medical director of inpatient psychiatry, Fairview Lutheran Hospital, Cleveland. His areas of research are social phobia, chemical dependency, and attitudes towards the use of psychostimulants.
DONALD A. MALONE, MD
Director, Mood and Anxiety Disorder Clinic, Cleveland Clinic.
Patients with panic disorder often believe they are suffering a myocardial infarction or another life-threatening illness. The history and physical examination and a few tests usually suffice to diagnose this disorder, which is treatable with behavioral therapy, antidepressants, and benzodiazepines.