A survey of 794 subjects volunteering for studies of panic disorder with
or without phobic avoidance revealed that fewer than 15% had received
imipramine and fewer than 15% had undergone in vivo exposure, although the
majority had engaged in some form of counseling and had used
benzodiazepines. Subjects with spontaneous panic attacks reported more
avoidance than subjects with situational attacks. One-half of the subjects
were unemployed. The authors recommend wider use of the available effective
treatments for panic disorder and phobic avoidance.