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Studies have reported a high incidence of syncope in patients with psychiatric illness. The most frequent psychiatric diagnoses among these patients were generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, and major depressive disorder. -I0 Syncope in these patients may have a variety of causes. Hyperventilation has been used as a provocative maneuver in diagnosing panic disorders and generalized anxiety disorders and can lead to hypocarbia, cerebral vasoconstriction, and subsequent syncope.11!2 The hyperventilation may not be obvious to the observer but has been documented by end-tidal CO 2 monitoring.11 Additionally, patients with psychiatric disorders may not have adequate coping skills and therefore may be more likely to have a vasovagal response culminate in syncope after an acute stress. Uncommonly, syncope may be psychogenic in nature with no measurable physical basis. In general, a patient with syncope and a psychiatric disorder is likely to be young, with repeated episodes of syncope, multiple prodromal symptoms, and a universally positive review of symptoms. -I3

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