Plasma levels of gamma-aminobutyric acid and panic disorder

Andrew W. Goddard, Meena Narayan, Scott W. Woods, Mark Germine, Gerald L. Kramer, Lori L. Davis, Frederick Petty

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Low levels of γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA) in plasma have been associated with the presence of mood disorders in patients with major depressive disorder. We examined plasma GABA in patients with panic disorder, a disorder that is often comorbid with major depression, and in a group of control subjects. Patients with panic disorder had plasma GABA levels that did not differ significantly from levels in controls subjects. These data support the specificity of low plasma GABA as a marker for mood disorders.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)223-225
Number of pages3
JournalPsychiatry Research
Issue number2-3
StatePublished - Jul 31 1996


  • Agoraphobia
  • Anxiety
  • Mood disorder

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Biological Psychiatry

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    Goddard, A. W., Narayan, M., Woods, S. W., Germine, M., Kramer, G. L., Davis, L. L., & Petty, F. (1996). Plasma levels of gamma-aminobutyric acid and panic disorder. Psychiatry Research, 63(2-3), 223-225.