Some remarks on the nosology of anxiety states and panic disorders

Acta Psychiatr Belg. 1983 Jan-Feb;83(1):33-42.


It is argued that the panic attacks characteristic of anxiety neurosis may be elicited by interoceptive stimuli. The feared sensations are usually associated with anxiety and anxiety neurosis can be conceptualised as a phobophobia. Behavioral research and theory suggest that exposure to the feared interoceptive sensations is the treatment of choice for phobophobics. Reports of successful interventions are discussed.

MeSH terms

  • Anti-Anxiety Agents / therapeutic use
  • Anxiety Disorders / diagnosis*
  • Anxiety Disorders / psychology
  • Behavior Therapy
  • Conditioning, Classical
  • Fear* / drug effects
  • Humans
  • Panic* / drug effects
  • Phobic Disorders / diagnosis*
  • Phobic Disorders / psychology


  • Anti-Anxiety Agents