Panic disorder : take control, take action

Al Wosail Ballroom

Sunday, November 12, 2023

9:55 AM - 10:10 AM


Anxiety disorders are the most prevalent mental health conditions in Qatar. Among them, panic disorder is one of the most common presentations in primary healthcare settings. Patients with panic disorder are often high service utilizers. Yet, the literature shows underdiagnosis and under-management in primary healthcare. Causes often overlap with other physical and mental health conditions, masking symptomatology and resulting in delayed management of patients’ physical and mental health. Early recognition and treatment can improve patients’ prognosis, productivity, quality of life and healthcare costs.


This presentation will cover sociodemographic associations of panic disorder, exploring its etiology, comorbidities, and psychopathology. Biopsychosocial approach to management, focusing on psychopharmacology and brief psychotherapeutic interventions suitable for the primary care services will be highlighted.