Associations between psychedelic use, abuse, and dependence and lifetime panic attack history in a representative sample

Marcel O. Bonn-Miller, Amit Bernstein, Natalie Sachs-Ericsson, Norman B. Schmidt, Michael J. Zvolensky

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Abstract

The present investigation evaluated the associations between lifetime psychedelic use, abuse, and dependence and panic attacks. The study consisted of a representative epidemiological sample from a state wide survey of the Colorado general adult population (n = 4745; 52% female). Consistent with prediction, after controlling for theoretically relevant variables, psychedelic abuse and dependence, but not use, were significantly related to an increased lifetime risk of panic attacks. The results are discussed in terms of better understanding the role of psychedelic use in relation to the occurrence of panic attacks.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)730-741
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Anxiety Disorders
Volume21
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This paper was supported by National Institute on Drug Abuse research grants (1 R21 DA016227-01) awarded to Dr. Zvolensky.

Keywords

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Panic attacks
  • Polysubstance use
  • Psychedelics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Clinical Psychology

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