RxPG News Feed for RxPG News

Medical Research Health Special Topics World
 Asian Health
 Food & Nutrition
 Men's Health
 Mental Health
 Occupational Health
 Public Health
 Sleep Hygiene
 Women's Health
 Canada Healthcare
 China Healthcare
 India Healthcare
 New Zealand
 South Africa
 World Healthcare
   Latest Research
 Alternative Medicine
 Clinical Trials
 Infectious Diseases
  Anorexia Nervosa
   Panic Disorders
   Social Phobia
  Child Psychiatry
  Forensic Psychiatry
  Mood Disorders
  Peri-Natal Psychiatry
  Personality Disorders
  Sleep Disorders
  Substance Abuse
 Sports Medicine
   Medical News
 Awards & Prizes
   Special Topics
 Odd Medical News

Last Updated: Oct 11, 2012 - 10:22:56 PM
Anxiety Channel

subscribe to Anxiety newsletter
Latest Research : Psychiatry : Anxiety

   EMAIL   |   PRINT
Anxiety sensitivity linked to future psychological disorders

Nov 7, 2006 - 2:18:00 PM , Reviewed by: Himanshu Tyagi
"When people start having repeated panic attacks, plus a lot of what we call panic-related worry -- they worry when the next attack will occur and they start avoiding things due to worry -- this is when someone has panic disorder"

[RxPG] People who get scared when they experience a pounding heart, sweaty palms or dizziness -- even if the cause is something as mundane as stress, exercise or caffeine -- are more likely to develop a clinical case of anxiety or panic disorder, according to a Florida State University researcher in Tallahassee, Fla.

While other researchers have proposed a connection between this so-called "anxiety sensitivity" and a range of anxiety problems, the study by FSU psychology professors N. Brad Schmidt and Jon Maner and University of Vermont Professor Michael Zvolensky provides the first evidence that anxiety sensitivity is a risk factor in the development of anxiety disorders. The study will be published in the December issue of the Journal of Psychiatric Research.

"The findings offer an exciting possibility for prevention of anxiety and panic reactions among high-risk individuals," Schmidt said, explaining that the key is to teach people cognitive and behavioral skills to reduce their anxiety sensitivity so that it does not lead to a serious problem.

People with anxiety sensitivity perceive their physical responses to certain triggers as a sign of imminent personal harm. They not only fear their reactions, they also fear that other people will detect their anxiety, which only serves to increase their anxiety and puts them at risk for a panic attack, according to Schmidt.

While a single panic attack does not indicate development of a psychological disorder -- in fact, some estimates indicate that about 20 percent of people will experience a spontaneous panic attack at some point in their lives -- repeated occurrences do, he said.

"When people start having repeated panic attacks, plus a lot of what we call panic-related worry -- they worry when the next attack will occur and they start avoiding things due to worry -- this is when someone has panic disorder," Schmidt said.

People with panic disorder suffer attacks of intense feelings of terror that strike suddenly with no warning. Some sufferers have a feeling of being out of control or even on the verge of death. They soon develop a "fear of fear" and may begin to restrict their activities in an attempt to prevent more attacks.

The study followed 404 young adults over a two-year period as part of an anxiety prevention study. After completing interviews and a battery of self-report measures, including the Anxiety Sensitivity Index (ASI), eligible participants then were randomly assigned to either a treatment or control group.

The researchers found that those who scored high on the ASI during the initial assessment -- whether they were assigned to the prevention or the control group -- were nearly twice as likely to have suffered spontaneous panic attacks and to have been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder by the time of the follow-up two years later.

Publication: December issue of the Journal of Psychiatric Research
On the web: www.fsu.edu 

Advertise in this space for $10 per month. Contact us today.

Related Anxiety News
Does Dad's stress affect his unborn children?
Online CBT is Effective in Depression & Panic Disorders: RCT
Anxious women more likely to have smaller babies
High Risk of Disordered Eating in OCD
Deep brain mapping to isolate evidence of Gulf War syndrome
Chronic anxiety may cause heart attack
New insights into the neural basis of anxiety
Guanfacine in PTSD is no more effective than placebo
Men, women respond to trauma differently
Panic attacks are linked to poor outcomes for diabetic patients

Subscribe to Anxiety Newsletter

Enter your email address:

 Additional information about the news article
The project was supported by grants from the National Institute of Mental Health, the Ohio Department of Mental Health and the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
For any corrections of factual information, to contact the editors or to send any medical news or health news press releases, use feedback form

Top of Page

Contact us

RxPG Online



    Full Text RSS

© All rights reserved by RxPG Medical Solutions Private Limited (India)