Psychophysiological Response Patterns in Anxiety

  • Rudolf Hoehn-Saric
  • Daniel R. McLeod


Prior to the re-classification of anxiety disorders in DSM-III,1 few attempts were made to distinguish subgroups of patients classified under the broad umbrella of “anxiety neurosis.” The discovery that antidepressants prevent the recurrence of panic attacks without affecting anticipatory anxiety or simple phobic reactions2 led to the separation of “panic disorder” from “generalized anxiety disorder.” In a survey of our anxiety clinic population, we found that the two disorders differed in cardiopulmonary symptomatology but not in muscular, gastrointestinal or psychic symptoms.


Generalize Anxiety Disorder Panic Disorder Panic Attack Blood Pressure Change Stress Task 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rudolf Hoehn-Saric
    • 1
  • Daniel R. McLeod
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral SciencesThe Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine BaltimoreMarylandUSA

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