Symptoms and treatment responses of generalized anxiety disorder patients with high versus low levels of cardiovascular complaints

R. Hoehn-Saric, D. R. McLeod, W. D. Zimmerli

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Abstract

Clinical observations suggest that patients with generalized anxiety disorder differ in somatic symptoms. The authors compared 28 patients with generalized anxiety disorder who had high levels of cardiovascular complaints with 32 patients with generalized anxiety disorder who had low levels of cardiovascular complaints on rating instruments, physiological measures, and use of anxiolytic medication. The two groups differed on somatic but not psychic symptoms on rating instruments. Patients with high levels of cardiovascular symptoms had higher levels of cardiac lability and required higher doses of alprazolam. These findings suggest that anxious patients with comparable levels of psychic anxiety may differ in levels of physical symptoms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)854-859
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Journal of Psychiatry
Volume146
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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