Panic disorder is characterized by sudden, unexpected attacks of intense fear and anticipatory anxiety. Panic attacks include symptoms such as palpitations, dyspnoea, dizziness, trembling, gastrointestinal discomfort and fear of dying. Therefore, patients with panic disorder often assume physical illnesses may underly their symptoms. They frequently consult psychiatrists and psychologists, but also general practitioners, cardiologists, neurologists and other medical specialists. Part of the Oxford Psychiatry Library series, this pocketbook will serve as a concise and practical manual for the management of patients with panic disorder in clinical practice. It provides a user-friendly guide to the diagnosis, etiology, and treatment of patients with panic disorder and agoraphobia.
Professor Borwin Bandelow is Acting Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, University of Gottingen, Germany. He is a specialist in neurology and psychiatry, and psychotherapy. Professor Katharina Domschke, MA, MD, PhD, is a Full Professor of Psychiatry at the Department of Psychiatry, Psychosomatics and Psychotherapy, University of Wurzburg, Germany. David Baldwin is Professor of Psychiatry and Head of the Mental Health Group in the Clinical and Experimental Sciences Academic Unit of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Southampton in the UK. He leads an NHS Mood Disorders Service based at College Keep in Southampton. He trained in medicine at Charing Cross Hospital Medical School, London and then in psychiatry at St Mary's Hospital Medical School and the Maudsley Hospital, London. He is an Honorary Professor in the University of Cape Town in South Africa. Professor Baldwin leads the Anxiety Disorders Research Network, an international multicentre independent collaborative cross-disciplinary research grouping, with support from the ECNP and European Commission. He is the author of 230 full articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals, and author or co-author of 8 books and 34 chapters in books.