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Gender differences in panic disorder.

Gender differences exist in panic disorder patients with or without agoraphobia in the areas of anxiety symptoms and the personality characteristics of extraversion, with fewer differences seen in other areas, said Meredith Foot and Dianna Koszycki, Ph.D., both of the University of Ottawa.

They looked at 101 outpatients, including 56 women and 23 men who had panic disorder with agoraphobia and 13 women and 9 men who had panic disorder alone. Significant gender differences were not found for patients who completed the 16-item, self-reported Anxiety Sensitivity Index.

However, men scored significantly higher on the AS-Social Concerns subscale, and women tended to score higher than men on the AS-Physical Concerns subscale (Depress. Anxiety 2004;20:123-30).

"Women in the current study tended to have greater concerns about the physical consequences of anxiety than men." Ms. Foot and Dr. Koszycki said.
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Author:Foley, Kevin
Publication:Clinical Psychiatry News
Article Type:Brief Article
Date:Feb 1, 2005
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