Objective: The present study examines the possible relationships between anxiety sensitivity (AS) and reactivity to the 35% carbon dioxide (CO2) challenge in panic disorder (PD). Methods: One-hundred eight patients with PD underwent the 35% CO2 challenge and completed the Anxiety Sensitivity Index (ASI). Multiple regression analyses were applied to evaluate the role of AS as a predictor Of CO2-induced anxiety. Results: Fifty-six patients with PD showed high AS scores, whereas 48 showed medium scores and 4 low scores. ASI scores significantly predicted symptomatological reaction to CO2 but not subjective induced anxiety. Conclusion: These findings suggest that the fear of anxiety-related bodily sensations was related to the symptomatological reactivity to CO2 but did not seem to play a crucial role in the modulation of the subjective anxiogenic/panicogenic response to hypercapnia in patients with PD. (C) 2003 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Anxiety sensitivity and 35% CO2 reactivity in patients with panic disorder

BELLODI , LAURA
2003

Abstract

Objective: The present study examines the possible relationships between anxiety sensitivity (AS) and reactivity to the 35% carbon dioxide (CO2) challenge in panic disorder (PD). Methods: One-hundred eight patients with PD underwent the 35% CO2 challenge and completed the Anxiety Sensitivity Index (ASI). Multiple regression analyses were applied to evaluate the role of AS as a predictor Of CO2-induced anxiety. Results: Fifty-six patients with PD showed high AS scores, whereas 48 showed medium scores and 4 low scores. ASI scores significantly predicted symptomatological reaction to CO2 but not subjective induced anxiety. Conclusion: These findings suggest that the fear of anxiety-related bodily sensations was related to the symptomatological reactivity to CO2 but did not seem to play a crucial role in the modulation of the subjective anxiogenic/panicogenic response to hypercapnia in patients with PD. (C) 2003 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
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