Western Historical Perspectives Of Panic Disorder – An Overview

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Vishwa Sree Yadla , NJ Patil , Prabhakar K


This article deals about essential parts of the history of an idea of the panic disorder and show how vital its opinion is for clinical and research progress. Several stories and works of fiction have talked about panic disorder, an ancient examples is the Greek God Pan, from whom we derive the word "panic." The medical approach reached its peak in the first half of the 19th century and in the second half of the 19th century, anxiety symptoms began to change slowly but steadily. In the 20th century it was stated by  Mayer-Gross ( 1954) that  panic disorder was caused by genetic, biological, and psychological factors. Anxiety was divided into phobic and straightforward nervous states. In 1964, Donald Klein stated that tricyclic antidepressants like imipramine helped people with these disorders. There was also therapeutic growth in the fields of psychopharmacology and psychotherapy.

“The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders” was changed by what he observed and said. For the first time ever, a list published by the officials used the phrase "panic disorder." During the most recent few decades of the 20th century, there was a lot of discussion about some biological theories about etiology. Some of them like The "False Suffocation Alarm Theory," written by Donald Klein in 1993, and the Fear Network. These theories are accepted based on studies in cognitive, breathing, thinking, physiology, biochemistry, and lab work tests. In the last 80 years, basic and clinical research has helped us figure out panic disorders that have changed over time and how resultant  treatments have changed.

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