Anxiety Disorders and Physical Comorbidity

Shay-Lee Belik, Jitender Sareen and Murray B. Stein

in Oxford Handbook of Anxiety and Related Disorders

Published in print September 2008 | ISBN: 9780195307030
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Anxiety Disorders and Physical Comorbidity

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Comorbidity of anxiety disorders and physical illnesses is common, and has the potential to negatively impact the individual. Nevertheless, anxiety often remains undetected in medical settings. The aim of this chapter is to explore these comorbidities with respect to a number of physical conditions and their specific associations with anxiety disorders. Several studies have illustrated an association between anxiety and physical conditions. The physical conditions demonstrating the strongest findings of an association with anxiety disorders have been with asthma, gastrointestinal problems, chronic pain conditions, and cardiac disorders. Among the anxiety disorders, posttraumatic stress disorder and panic disorder seem to have the greatest evidence for association with several physical conditions. Mechanisms and clinical implications are discussed.

Keywords: autoimmune disorders; cancer; cardiac disorders; chronic pain; comorbidity; gastrointestinal disorders; medical; metabolic disorders; neurologic disorders; respiratory disorders

Article.  10262 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Clinical Psychology

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