Lifetime comorbidity among anxiety disorders and between anxiety disorders and other mental disorders in adolescents

Peter M. Lewinsohn*, Richard Zinbarg, John R. Seeley, Mark Lewinsohn, William H. Sack

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Abstract

We examine the lifetime comorbidity among anxiety disorders, and between anxiety disorders and other mental disorders, in a large (n = 1507) community sample of high school students on whom extensive diagnostic data were available. Three diagnostic groups were formed: those with a lifetime anxiety disorder (n = 134); those with a nonanxiety disorder (n = 510); and those who had never met criteria for a mental disorder (n = 863). The intra-anxiety comorbidity rate was relatively low (18.7%), and was strongly associated with being female (92%). The lifetime comorbidity between anxiety and other mental disorders (primarily MDD) was substantial (73.1%) and was not associated with being female.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)377-394
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Anxiety Disorders
Volume11
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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