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Minerva Psichiatrica 2007 December;48(4):443-51

language: Italian

Organization of panic attack according to the integrated psychodynamic psychotherapy

Lago G. 1, Bottoni C. 2, Afshar S. 3

1 Istituto Romano Psicoterapia Psicodinamica Integrata (IRPPI), Roma
2 Istituto Romano Disturbi d’Ansia e Panico (IRDAP), Roma
3 Dipartimento di Psichiatria Ospedale Careggi, Firenze


A justified diagnostic distinction has led to define two main pathologies correlated to anxiety: anxiety-panic and generalized anxiety. The anxiety-panic has a sudden onset causing a break in the subject’s biography, who is forced, from that moment, to deal with a discomfort that progressively reduces his freedom and initiative by conditioning his choices. On the other hand, there is the generalized anxiety which it is a fertile ground, a kind of cloak that since a long time involves the subject with various emotional symptoms that he feels as a part of his nature, but that they are the presuppositions for a maladjustment and a strong decrease of self-exteem.

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