Anxiety as a Core Aspect of Schizophrenia

  • Stefano Pallanti
  • Andrea Cantisani
  • Giacomo Grassi
Schizophrenia and Other Psychotic Disorders (SJ Siegel, Section Editor)

DOI: 10.1007/s11920-013-0354-7

Cite this article as:
Pallanti, S., Cantisani, A. & Grassi, G. Curr Psychiatry Rep (2013) 15: 354. doi:10.1007/s11920-013-0354-7
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Abstract

The clinical relevance of anxiety disorders in schizophrenia has been neglected for a long time and has only recently become the subject of a systematic investigation, although its consequences may have a very negative impact on the outcome and considerably worsen the trajectory of the disease. This could be originally related to the hierarchical organization of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) and to the lack of assessment instruments. In this article, we will review the most recent literature concerning two of the most impairing anxiety disorders in comorbidity with schizophrenia, such as panic disorder and social anxiety disorder, briefly analyze the role of anxiety in the prodromal phase of psychosis and provide suggestions for the clinical assessment.

Keywords

Schizophrenia Psychosis Anxiety Panic disorder Social anxiety Comorbidity Prodromal symptoms Psychiatry 

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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  • Stefano Pallanti
    • 1
    • 2
  • Andrea Cantisani
    • 1
  • Giacomo Grassi
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of FlorenceFlorenceItaly
  2. 2.Department of PsychiatryMount Sinai School of MedicineNew YorkUSA

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