Lifetime trauma history and panic disorder: Findings from the National Comorbidity Survey

Gregory A. Leskin, Javaid Sheikh

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Objective: The purpose of this article is to examine prevalence of lifetime traumatic experiences in a community sample of panic disorder patients. Method: We examined trauma rates in a cohort of panic disorder patients. Also, we statistically disaggregated comorbid PTSD from individuals diagnosed with panic disorder in the National Comorbidity Survey. Findings: Panic disorder patients suffer lifetime traumatic experiences at high rates. We found that 24.2% of females and 5% of males with panic disorder reported previous history of being sexually molested. Conclusions: These results suggest that trauma may act as a risk factor for panic disorder, as well as comorbid panic disorder and PTSD.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)599-603
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Anxiety Disorders
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes



  • Panic disorder
  • PTSD
  • Rape
  • Trauma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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