Can panic disorder present as irritable bowel syndrome?

J Clin Psychiatry. 1986 Sep;47(9):470-3.


Five patients who had been diagnosed with panic disorder and irritable bowel syndrome are described. Both panic and gastrointestinal symptoms responded dramatically and rapidly to pharmacologic treatment of panic symptoms in all five patients. The frequent overlap of gastrointestinal symptoms and psychiatric (particularly anxiety) disorders suggests that some patients with functional gastrointestinal complaints may have a primary anxiety disorder.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Alprazolam
  • Anxiety Disorders / complications*
  • Anxiety Disorders / drug therapy
  • Anxiety Disorders / psychology
  • Benzodiazepines / therapeutic use
  • Colonic Diseases, Functional / complications*
  • Colonic Diseases, Functional / drug therapy
  • Colonic Diseases, Functional / etiology
  • Fear*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Panic*
  • Phenelzine / therapeutic use


  • Benzodiazepines
  • Phenelzine
  • Alprazolam