Panic Disorder Severity Scale

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The Panic Disorder Severity Scale (PDSS) is a questionnaire developed for measuring the severity of panic disorder.[1] The clinician-administered PDSS is intended to assess severity and considered a reliable tool for monitoring of treatment outcome.[2] Self-report form of the Panic Disorder Severity Scale (PDSS-SR) is used to detect possible symptoms of panic disorder, and suggest the need for a formal diagnostic assessment.[3]

The PDSS consists of seven items, each rated on a 5-point scale, which ranges from 0 to 4. The items assess panic frequency, distress during panic, panic-focused anticipatory anxiety, phobic avoidance of situations, phobic avoidance of physical sensations, impairment in work functioning, and impairment in social functioning. The overall assessment is made by a total score, which is calculated by summing the scores for all seven items. The total scores range from 0 to 28.

The PDSS-SR is used for screening and the scores 9 and above suggest the need for a formal diagnostic assessment.[2]

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  1. ^ Shear MK, Brown TA, Barlow DH, Money R, Sholomskas DE, Woods SW, et al. (1997). "Multicenter collaborative panic disorder severity scale". Am J Psychiatry. 154 (11): 1571–5. doi:10.1176/ajp.154.11.1571. PMID 9356566.
  2. ^ a b Shear MK, Rucci P, Williams J, Frank E, Grochocinski V, Vander Bilt J, et al. (2001). "Reliability and validity of the Panic Disorder Severity Scale: replication and extension". Journal of Psychiatric Research. 35 (5): 293–6. doi:10.1016/S0022-3956(01)00028-0. PMID 11591432.
  3. ^ Houck PR, Spiegel DA, Shear MK, Rucci P (2002). "Reliability of the self-report version of the panic disorder severity scale". Depress Anxiety. 15 (4): 183–5. doi:10.1002/da.10049. PMID 12112724.