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Revista Brasileira de Medicina do Esporte

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MUOTRI, Ricardo William; NUNES, Rafael Pinto  and  BERNIK, Márcio Antonini. Aerobic exercise as exposure therapy to interoceptive cues in panic disorder. Rev Bras Med Esporte [online]. 2007, vol.13, n.5, pp.327-330. ISSN 1517-8692.

Panic attacks are represented by distinct periods in which there is a sudden beginning of internal apprehension, fear or terror, frequently associated with feelings of imminent catastrophe, diagnosed in approximately 10% of the population. The panic disorder is an anxiety crisis that is characterized by the recurrence of panic attacks: sudden crises of uneasiness and sensation of danger or imminent death, followed by diverse physical and cognitive symptoms. Individuals with panic disorder are characteristically concerned about panic attacks implications or consequences. It is a complex clinical condition that involves different modalities or myriad of symptoms. Thus, the focus on the physical sensations misinterpreted in panic disorder and hypochondria, is basically centered in autonomic manifestations, such as tachycardia and dyspnea. There are scarce studies on physical activity and panic disorder. The main purpose of the study is to identify with different descriptions whether there is a 'main' population with symptoms predominantly respiratory presenting avoidance of physical activity and exercise influence on this population.

Keywords : Panic disorder; Physical activity; Cognitive-behavioral-therapy.

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