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Panic attack occurred in non-life-threatening situation

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For sample adults age 18+ who had a panic attack that occurred in a life-threatening situation in the past 12 months (PANICYR, PANICTHREAT), PANICNOTHRET reports responses to the question, "Did any of these attacks occur when you were not in a life-threatening situation?"

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PANICNOTHRET was part of a series of mental health questions taken from the Composite International Diagnostic Interview - Short Form (CIDI-SF) screening scale for panic attack.


According to the Field Representative's Manual for 1999, this set of questions on panic attacks was included "to determine if the Sample Adult has attacks when they suddenly feel frightened, anxious, or very uneasy; whether they occurred in a life-threatening situation; how many attacks in the past year and when was the most recent one; did they happen when the Sample Adult was not in danger or the center of attention; and what other physical reactions occurred when they were having these attacks."

The question for PANICNOTHRET was one of a series of screening questions that determined whether respondents qualified for a second round of questions on panic attack symptoms.


For information on other screening questions for panic attack, see PANICYR, PANICTHREAT, and PANICNODANGR. Only persons who had at least one panic attack in the past 12 months that occurred in a non-life-threatening situation and when they were neither in danger nor the center of attention were asked about panic attack symptoms.

The panic attack questions taken from the CIDI-SF screening scale can be used to calculate the likelihood that a respondent met the diagnostic criteria for this mental disorder (i.e., the probability of psychiatric caseness).


For more information on the CIDI-SF screening scale for panic attack and for instructions on how to calculate panic attack scores, see PANICYR.


This variable only occurs in 1999.


  • 1999: Sample adults age 18+ who had panic attack occur in life-threatening situation in past 12 months.


  • 1999