|Title:||Subthreshold and threshold DSM-IV generalized anxiety disorder in Singapore: Results from a nationally representative sample|
|Journal:||J Anxiety Disord|
|Alternate Journal:||Journal of anxiety disorders|
|Abstract:||Previous nationally representative studies have reported prevalence of DSM-IV generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). However, subthreshold and threshold GAD expressions remain poorly understood. The current study examined the prevalence, correlates and co-morbidity of a broader diagnosis of GAD in Singapore. The Singapore Mental Health Study (SMHS) was an epidemiological survey conducted in the population (N=6616) aged 18 years and older. The Composite International Diagnostic Interview version 3.0 (CIDI 3.0) was used to establish mental disorder diagnoses. The lifetime prevalence for subthreshold GAD (2.1%) and threshold GAD (1.5%) in the current sample was found to be lower than in Western populations. Younger age group, Indian ethnicity, previously married, chronic physical conditions, and being unemployed were associated with higher odds of having more severe expression of generalized anxiety. The relatively lower prevalence rate of subthreshold GAD expression suggests possible cultural interferences in the reporting and manifestation of anxiety symptomatology. Despite the low prevalence, significant impacts on functioning and comorbidity among subthreshold generalized anxiety cases indicate the importance of early treatment to ensure a better prognosis.|
J Anxiety Disord. 2015 May
32:73-80. doi: 10.1016/j.janxdis.2015.03.008. Epub 2015 Mar 28.
|Authors Address:||Research Division, Institute of Mental Health, Singapore. Electronic address: email@example.com.|
Research Division, Institute of Mental Health, Singapore.
|Appears in Collections:||2015|
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