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Personality disorders among patients with panic disorder and individuals with high anxiety sensitivity

Jorge Osma1, Azucena García-Palacios2, Cristina Botella2 and Juan Ramón Barrada1

1 Universidad de Zaragoza and
2 Universitat Jaume I

Background:No studies have been found that compared the psychopathology features, including personality disorders, of Panic Disorder (PD) and Panic Disorder with Agoraphobia (PDA), and a nonclinical sample with anxiety vulnerability. Method: The total sample included 152 participants, 52 in the PD/PDA, 45 in the high anxiety sensitivity (AS) sample, and 55 in the nonclinical sample. The participants in PD/PDA sample were evaluated with the structured interview ADIS-IV. The Brief Symptom Inventory and the MCMI-III were used in all three samples. Results: Statistically significant differences were found between the PD/PDA and the nonclinical sample in all MCMI-III scales except for antisocial and compulsive. No significant differences were found between PD/PDA and the sample with high scores in AS. Phobic Anxiety and Paranoid Ideation were the only scales where there were significant differences between the PD/PDA sample and the high AS sample. Conclusions: Our findings showed that people who scored high on AS, despite not having a diagnosis of PD/PDA, were similar in regard to psychopathology features and personality to individuals with PD/PDA.

Trastornos de personalidad en pacientes con trastorno de pánico y en personas con alta sensibilidad a la ansiedad. Antecedentes: no se han encontrado estudios que comparen variables psicopatológicas, incluyendo trastornos de personalidad, entre pacientes con Trastorno de pánico (TP) y Trastorno de pánico con agorafobia (TPA), y una muestra no clínica con vulnerabilidad a la ansiedad. Método: la muestra total fue de 152 participantes, 52 en la muestra de TP/TPA, 45 en la muestra no clínica con alta sensibilidad a la ansiedad (SA) y 55 en la no clínica con baja SA. Los participantes con TP/TPA fueron evaluados a través de la entrevista estructurada ADIS-IV. Administramos el Inventario Breve de Síntomas y el MCMI-III en las tres muestras. Resultados: se encontraron diferencias estadísticamente significativas entre la muestra con TP/TPA y la no clínica con baja SA en todas las escalas salvo en la antisocial y compulsiva. No encontramos diferencias significativas entre la muestra con TP/TPA y la muestra no clínica con alta SA. Las únicas escalas psicopatológicas que diferencian las muestras clínica y con alta SA fueron la Ansiedad Fóbica y la Ideación Paranoide. Conclusiones: nuestros resultados muestran que las personas que puntúan alto en SA, a pesar de no tener un diagnóstico de TP/TPA, son muy similares a los pacientes con TP/TPA en variables psicopatológicas y de personalidad.


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