Anxiety Symptoms In A Major Mood & Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorders

Research Summary | September 11, 2017

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Key Messages

  • This study assessed the prevalence of comorbid anxiety and explored risk factors that contribute to anxiety symptoms in patients with depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia spectrum disorders.
  • Overall, in the 3 diagnostic subgroups, 2−55.6% of patients reported experiencing anxiety frequently or constantly and 41.2−43.8% felt anxiety as severe or extreme; anxiety and anxiety-related avoidance behavior were less frequent in patients with schizophrenia spectrum disorders than in patients with mood disorders.
  • In all subgroups, anxiety symptoms correlated most strongly with symptoms of depression and neuroticism.

The following is a summary of Karpov B, Joffe G, Aaltonen K, et al. Anxiety symptoms in a major mood and schizophrenia spectrum disorders. Euro Psych. 2016;37:1–7, which was developed independently of the article authors. Background Anxiety symptoms and disorders commonly co-occur with other psychiatric conditions, such as depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia spectrum disorders….

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