Do symptom interpretations mediate the relationship between panic attack symptoms and agoraphobic avoidance?
David Berle, Vladan Starcevic, Denise Milicevic, Anthony Hannan, Karen Moses
Behav Cogn Psychother | Published : 2010
BACKGROUND: There is little consensus as to whether agoraphobic avoidance in panic disorder is characterized by a prominence of particular symptoms and interpretations of those symptoms. AIMS: We sought to clarify the relationship between symptoms and agoraphobic avoidance and to establish whether catastrophic interpretations of symptoms mediate any such relationships. METHOD: The Symptom Checklist 90-Revised, Agoraphobic Cognitions Questionnaire and Mobility Inventory were administered to 117 patients with panic disorder who were attending an outpatient anxiety disorders clinic. RESULTS: Medium to large associations were found between most symptoms and agoraphobic avoidance and between part..View full abstract