Panic disorder in clinically referred children and adolescents

UMMS Affiliation

Department of Psychiatry

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Document Type



Adolescent; Agoraphobia; Child; Comorbidity; Female; Humans; Male; Panic Disorder; Prevalence; Referral and Consultation; Severity of Illness Index


Behavioral Disciplines and Activities | Mental and Social Health | Mental Disorders | Psychiatric and Mental Health | Psychiatry and Psychology


The present study examined the frequency and characteristics of panic disorder in children and adolescents who had been referred to a pediatric psychopharmacology clinic. Of the 280 children and adolescents evaluated in this clinic, 35 were diagnosed with panic disorder using a semi-structured clinical interview (K-SADS) and other objective measures. Approximately half of the youngsters with panic disorder also met criteria for the diagnosis of agoraphobia. There was extensive comorbidity between panic disorder and other internalizing and externalizing disorders. Parents reported clinically significant levels of child symptomatology on the CBCL. Teacher-and child-reported symptomatology on the CBCL was within the normal range. At the same time, it was notable that no child had been referred specifically for evaluation or treatment of panic disorder or agoraphobia. Implications for clinical assessment/identification and treatment are discussed.

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Child Psychiatry Hum Dev. 2007 Jun;38(1):57-71. Link to article on publisher's site

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Child psychiatry and human development

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