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March 2002 News and Blog Posts (4)

Anxiety in Women With Heart Disease

(PSYCHIATRIC TIMES) - The additive effect of psychological distress on people who experience a major cardiac health disruption is becoming an area of increasing concern. While researchers have focused substantial attention on psychological outcomes in men after a cardiac event, less is known about the anxiety experience for women with heart disease. Although it is well-documented that women are more vulnerable to anxiety and depression than men (National Institute of Mental Health [NIMH], 2001;… Continue

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Heritability of Childhood Anxiety

(PSYCHIATRIC TIMES) - Anxiety disorders often begin in childhood and are associated with significant long-term morbidity (Bernstein et al., 1996). Recognizing and treating children with early signs of vulnerability to anxiety disorders are, therefore, important clinical goals.



Twin studies have established a genetic contribution to childhood anxiety symptoms and disorders. Family-association studies have found anxiety disorders to be elevated in children of parents with anxiety… Continue

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The Psychopharmacology of Anxiety

(PSYCHIATRIC TIMES) - The range of medicinal compounds useful for anxiety disorders has expanded from antidepressants, benzodiazepines and buspirone to include anticonvulsants, some antipsychotics and herbal/alternative compounds. Frequently, combination therapy is needed (e.g., antidepressant and benzodiazepine) to achieve maximum efficacy and tolerability.

Epidemiologic studies (e.g., Kessler et al., 1994; Lecrubier, 1998) show that between 30% and 60% of patients with anxiety disorders… Continue

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When Does Shyness Become a Disorder?

(PSYCHIATRIC TIMES) - Over 2,000 years ago, Hippocrates described a patient with social phobia, which is also known as social anxiety disorder (SAD): "He dare not come in company for fear he should be misused, disgraced, overshoot himself in gesture or speech or be sick; he thinks every man observes him."

SAD Overview



The lifetime and 12-month prevalences of SAD are 13.3% and 7.9%, respectively, making SAD the third most common psychiatric disorder following major depression and… Continue

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