Explained and unexplained medical symptoms in generalized anxiety and panic disorder: relationship to the somatoform disorders.

Journal Article (Journal Article;Multicenter Study)

We have examined the numbers and types of symptoms in a sample of 90 patients with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) and 77 patients with panic disorder (PD) collected from six different sites during the conduct of a multicenter clinical trial. This information was obtained utilizing the Health Questionnaire, a 47-item self-report list of medical symptoms, patterned after the Somatization Disorder section of the Diagnostic Interview Schedule. Although the patients in this sample had a wide variety of medically explained and unexplained physical symptoms, none of them qualified for a diagnosis of somatization disorder by DSM-III-R criteria. GAD and PD patients reported remarkably similar numbers of explained and unexplained medical symptoms. The panoply of somatic symptoms presented by these patients presents a formidable diagnostic challenge for clinicians. These findings suggest that the pattern of overutilization of medical services that is well documented for PD patients may also be found for GAD patients.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Barbee, JG; Todorov, AA; Kuczmierczyk, AR; Mancuso, DM; Schwab, JJ; Maddock, RJ; Hoehn-Saric, R; Kelley, LA; Davidson, JR

Published Date

  • September 1997

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 9 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 149 - 155

PubMed ID

  • 9339880

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1040-1237

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1023/a:1026225923747


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States