موقعیت هراس بین ترس و هراس: اپیدمیولوژی بالینی از مطالعه سستو
|کد مقاله||سال انتشار||مقاله انگلیسی||ترجمه فارسی||تعداد کلمات|
|30626||2008||5 صفحه PDF||سفارش دهید||3900 کلمه|
Publisher : Elsevier - Science Direct (الزویر - ساینس دایرکت)
Journal : Comprehensive Psychiatry, Volume 49, Issue 3, May–June 2008, Pages 283–287
In the last few decades, there has been a long debate on the existence of agoraphobia (AG) without a history of panic attacks (PAs). In the present study, the problem of the relationships between AG and PAs is addressed trough a reevaluation of the cases who had been diagnosed with AG in the community survey of Sesto Fiorentino. Forty-one of the 75 subjects who met the criterion of AG in the Sesto Fiorentino Study were reinterviewed by experienced clinical psychiatrists. The Structured Clinical Interview for Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition (DSM-IV) and the Composite International Diagnostic Interview were used to make the diagnoses. The Mobility Inventory for Agoraphobia (MIA) and a specific adjunctive question, “why do/did you avoid?,” were used to compare AG subjects with or without PD. Of the 41 subjects with a lifetime history of AG, 12 cases had original diagnosis of AG without PAs and the remaining 29 had PD with AG. After the reassessment, in 10 cases, the criteria for the diagnosis of AG without PAs were confirmed, totaling a lifetime prevalence of 0.4% (confidence interval, 0.2-0.8). Agoraphobia subjects with and without PAs were comparable as regard to sex, age, age of onset, duration of illness, family history for anxiety or mood disorders, MIA scores, number, and type of situations avoided. Thus, AG seems to exist also in absence of a history of PAs, and the one-way relationship between the occurrence of PAs and a following development of AG, postulated by DSM-IV, should be reconsidered for the future classifications.
Since the publication of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Third Edition (DSM-III) , the relationship between agoraphobia (AG) and panic attacks (PAs) has always been controversial. Two positions have given rise to a long lasting debate. On one hand, most North American psychiatrists consider PAs as the central feature of the disorder, and its association with AG is interpreted as a derived phenomenon, both from etiopathogenetic and chronological points of view . Because AG is considered solely as a consequence of PAs, this position denies its existence without panic. Most studies carried out on clinical samples agreed that AG constantly begins after the first PA and that the presence of AG without nonsituational PAs is extremely rare, thus supporting this position , , , , , , , , , ,  and . On the other hand, the so-called European position maintains that a phobic attitude precedes the development of panic disorder (PD) and that specific temperamental features are necessary for the occurrence of PD. Such features would be the primary aspect of the disorder. Consistently with this position, most of the community surveys reported the existence of substantial prevalence rates of AG without preexisting PAs , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,  and , also signaling the presence of AG before the onset of PD  and . It may be objected that the epidemiological studies that use structured diagnostic interviews, administered by lay interviewers, may miss the presence of PAs in the history of patients with AG . When cases originally diagnosed as AG without PAs in community studies were reevaluated by clinical psychiatrists, the rate of such diagnoses decreased to a considerable extent  and . On the other hand, it may be objected that clinicians may overemphasize minor signs of distress in their search of preceding PAs in those patients presenting with AG. The discrepancy between clinical and epidemiologic studies might also be because of other reasons. Epidemiologists have hypothesized that subjects with more severe diseases and high degree of comorbidity are more common in clinical than in community settings  and , and this may explain the lower prevalence of AG without PAs observed in clinical studies. Thus, the higher prevalence of AG without PAs in community samples may be explained that these subjects are less likely to seek treatment than those with PD with AG  and . This historical background of the dispute is largely reflected in the current classification systems. The International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision (ICD-10) , in line with the “European” position, includes AG without PAs in the chapter of phobias, whereas DSM-IV considers the association PAs-AG as a form of PD and specifies that AG without PAs is a consequence of limited panic symptoms (ie, dizziness, depersonalization, cardiac distress) or of an isolated full-blown PA . Furthermore, whereas in DSM-III there was a single definition of AG, defined as fear/avoidance...“in case of sudden incapacitation,” DSM III-R  introduced different definitions, according to whether AG was in association with PAs (fear/avoidance of situations...in the event of a PA) or not (here, the fear in case of sudden incapacitation was maintained). The DSM-IV returned to the single definition of AG, but the version initially tailored to PD with AG (fear of panic) was also applied for AG without history of PAs. This tautological solution that was aimed at solving the problem of AG without a history of PAs failed to get rid of this inconvenient problem. In fact, recent studies, even using DSM-IV, found a certain number of subjects with AG without not situational PAs, although to a lesser extent than using DSM-III-R , , , , ,  and  and, in a recent national community survey, carried out in adults more than 55 years, the correlation between AG and PD was found low and not significant . Thus, the classification of AG without previous unexpected PAs, as well as the definition of AG still remain an open problem, and the existence of a “continuum,” ranging between AG without any experience or fear of PAs and PD without AG, has been hypothesized . Unfortunately, the picture is even more complex; some authors underlined that the boundaries of AG are weak not only toward PD but also toward other anxiety disorders. Even in the above quoted studies, where the original diagnoses of AG without PAs were not confirmed by the psychiatric reappraisal, they shifted to simple phobia, separation anxiety disorder, social phobia, anxiety due to medical condition, but the fact that these subjects avoided public places remained ,  and . The definition itself of AG, with its reference to “embarrassment,” opens the door to AG as a possible manifestation of social phobia. In the light of the need of further field studies needed for DSM-V, the present report attempts to address the problem of AG again, using clinical interviewers in a community sample; the people who had a lifetime history of AG, irrespective of whether with or without PAs, in the Sesto Fiorentino Study  and  were reinterviewed and reevaluated by means of specific instruments.
نتیجه گیری انگلیسی
Agoraphobia not preceded by PAs does exist, even if it seems decidedly rare when diagnostic criteria close to the clinical approach are used; 2. Agoraphobic patients without a history of PAs show exactly the same pattern of avoidance as those with PD (same situations, same intensity, same fears). The content of their phobias are the same, as even the agoraphobic patients who never experienced panic are afraid of PAs and incapacitation. This gives strength to the position according to which there is a continuum ranging from PD without AG to PD with AG to AG without PAs. Thus, the controversy on the correct classification and definition of AG still remains open: given that the clinical characteristics of AG do not change according to the presence of PAs, as already highlighted , the one-way relationship between the occurrence of PAs (full blown or limited) and the following development of AG, postulated by DSM-IV, seems to be criticizable. Moreover, as the definition of AG in the operational criteria has passed from the “fear of open spaces” (RDC) , to the “fear of sudden incapacitation” (DSM-III), and eventually to the fear of panic (DSM-IV), a more stable definition of AG, totally independent of PA, seems necessary for the future classifications.