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The role of menstrual cycle phase and anxiety sensitivity in catastrophic misinterpretation of physical symptoms during a CO(2) challenge.
Arch Womens Ment Health 2012; 15(6):413-22AW

Abstract

The current study examined the interactive effects of anxiety sensitivity (AS; fear of anxiety and anxiety-related sensations) and menstrual cycle phase (premenstrual phase vs. follicular phase) on panic-relevant responding (i.e., cognitive and physical panic symptoms, subjective anxiety, and skin conductance level). Women completed a baseline session and underwent a 3-min 10 % CO(2)-enriched air biological challenge paradigm during her premenstrual and follicular menstrual cycle phases. Participants were 55 women with no current or past history of panic disorder recruited from the general community (M (age) = 26.18, SD = 8.9) who completed the biological challenge during both the premenstrual and follicular cycle phases. Results revealed that women higher on AS demonstrated increased cognitive panic symptoms in response to the challenge during the premenstrual phase as compared to the follicular phase, and as compared to women lower on AS assessed in either cycle phase. However, the interaction of AS and menstrual cycle phase did not significantly predict physical panic attack symptoms, subjective ratings of anxiety, or skin conductance level in response to the challenge. Results are discussed in the context of premenstrual exacerbations of cognitive, as opposed to physical, panic attack symptoms for high AS women, and the clinical implications of these findings.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Psychology, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT 05401, USA. ynillni@uvm.eduNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

Language

eng

PubMed ID

22923028

Citation

Nillni, Yael I., et al. "The Role of Menstrual Cycle Phase and Anxiety Sensitivity in Catastrophic Misinterpretation of Physical Symptoms During a CO(2) Challenge." Archives of Women's Mental Health, vol. 15, no. 6, 2012, pp. 413-22.
Nillni YI, Rohan KJ, Zvolensky MJ. The role of menstrual cycle phase and anxiety sensitivity in catastrophic misinterpretation of physical symptoms during a CO(2) challenge. Arch Womens Ment Health. 2012;15(6):413-22.
Nillni, Y. I., Rohan, K. J., & Zvolensky, M. J. (2012). The role of menstrual cycle phase and anxiety sensitivity in catastrophic misinterpretation of physical symptoms during a CO(2) challenge. Archives of Women's Mental Health, 15(6), pp. 413-22. doi:10.1007/s00737-012-0302-2.
Nillni YI, Rohan KJ, Zvolensky MJ. The Role of Menstrual Cycle Phase and Anxiety Sensitivity in Catastrophic Misinterpretation of Physical Symptoms During a CO(2) Challenge. Arch Womens Ment Health. 2012;15(6):413-22. PubMed PMID: 22923028.
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TY - JOUR T1 - The role of menstrual cycle phase and anxiety sensitivity in catastrophic misinterpretation of physical symptoms during a CO(2) challenge. AU - Nillni,Yael I, AU - Rohan,Kelly J, AU - Zvolensky,Michael J, Y1 - 2012/08/25/ PY - 2012/04/12/received PY - 2012/08/07/accepted PY - 2012/8/28/entrez PY - 2012/8/28/pubmed PY - 2013/5/25/medline SP - 413 EP - 22 JF - Archives of women's mental health JO - Arch Womens Ment Health VL - 15 IS - 6 N2 - The current study examined the interactive effects of anxiety sensitivity (AS; fear of anxiety and anxiety-related sensations) and menstrual cycle phase (premenstrual phase vs. follicular phase) on panic-relevant responding (i.e., cognitive and physical panic symptoms, subjective anxiety, and skin conductance level). Women completed a baseline session and underwent a 3-min 10 % CO(2)-enriched air biological challenge paradigm during her premenstrual and follicular menstrual cycle phases. Participants were 55 women with no current or past history of panic disorder recruited from the general community (M (age) = 26.18, SD = 8.9) who completed the biological challenge during both the premenstrual and follicular cycle phases. Results revealed that women higher on AS demonstrated increased cognitive panic symptoms in response to the challenge during the premenstrual phase as compared to the follicular phase, and as compared to women lower on AS assessed in either cycle phase. However, the interaction of AS and menstrual cycle phase did not significantly predict physical panic attack symptoms, subjective ratings of anxiety, or skin conductance level in response to the challenge. Results are discussed in the context of premenstrual exacerbations of cognitive, as opposed to physical, panic attack symptoms for high AS women, and the clinical implications of these findings. SN - 1435-1102 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/22923028/The_role_of_menstrual_cycle_phase_and_anxiety_sensitivity_in_catastrophic_misinterpretation_of_physical_symptoms_during_a_CO_2__challenge_ L2 - https://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00737-012-0302-2 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -