Obsessions with aggressive content emerging during the course of panic disorder: A different subtype of obsessive-compulsive disorder?

Leonardo F. Fontenelle, Mauro V. Mendlowicz, Juliana Kalaf, Aline M. Domingues, Marcio Versiani

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We report the clinical and therapeutic features of three patients with an obsessive-compulsive syndrome that emerged during the course of panic disorder. The DSM-IV criteria for panic disorder places central attention on the patient's phobic responses to the panic attacks and their perceived consequences. These phobic responses may develop into a syndrome that closely resembles obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) but typically responds to conventional anti-panic approaches. Our cases suggest that patients with OCD should be probed for an underlying panic disorder. This 'panic disorder-related subtype of OCD' may be associated with an excellent treatment response and increased rates of remission.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)343-346
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Clinical Psychopharmacology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Clonazepam
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Panic disorder

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