Wednesday, June 9, 2010
New Research Findings on Anxiety Disorders
■ As the number of disorders increased, functioning levels (including ability to perform usual activities or to participate in work, social and family activities) tended to deteriorate.
■ Patients with multiple anxiety disorders had a much higher rate of depression than did those with only one anxiety disorder: 88 percent compared with 56 percent, respectively.
■ The combination of social anxiety and panic disorder appeared to be particularly debilitating. Patients with both conditions had the lowest rating of their overall health-related quality of life.
Click here to read the Fact Sheet on this study titled The Effects of Multiple Anxiety Disorders on Patient Functioning and Well-Being. For more information on mental illness, including resources for individuals and families, visit the NAMI Southwestern Pennsylvania website.