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Letters to the Editor
February 2002

Respiration in Children at Risk for Panic Disorder

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Arch Gen Psychiatry. 2002;59(2):186. doi:

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In their letter, Perna et al present data on the relationship in children between respiration and anxiety. Children of parents with panic disorder were shown to exhibit irregularities in respiration relative to children of psychiatrically healthy parents, even when children with anxiety disorders are excluded. This suggests that a study of respiration might illuminate developmental theories of panic disorder. Such efforts to replicate and extend findings from our study raise interesting questions.

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