Anxiety Disorders: An Introduction to Clinical Management by Eric J. L. Griez (Editor), Carlo Faravelli (Editor), David

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1983). , 1996). The main differences among cited studies could be represented by a potential heterogeneity of probands: indeed, probands recruited in the Pauls et al. (1980) study may have a co-diagnosis of affective disorders. In their first segregation study, Vieland and Hodge selected 30, two- and three-generations pedigrees without affective disorder co-diagnosis, while in the second one Vieland et al. (1996) studied 126 nuclear pedigrees with or without affective disorder. In this study, families were subdivided according to the presence of comorbid major depression (MD) in PD patients: the effect of restricting the analysis to families of probands without any lifetime history of MD was examined.

1994). POST-TRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER (PTSD) The DSM-IV definition for PTSD contains criteria for (a) the traumatic experience; 16 ———————————— T. OVERBEEK, E. L. GRIEZ (b) re-experiencing; (c) avoidance of associated stimuli and numbing; and (d) increased arousal. Duration of symptoms should be at least one month (e); and (f ) distress or impairment in functioning is required (APA, 1994). When PTSD was first defined in DSM-III (APA, 1980), the original stressor criterion characterised traumatic experiences as being outside the range of human experience.

Around 80% of social phobia co-exists with other disorders (Le´ pine and Pelissolo, 1996; Montgomery, 1998). In particular, lifetime depression is high, about 70%, as well as other anxiety disorders. , 1991). However, this study only comprised 57 subjects. , 1993). , 1996). , 1992). The relationship between social phobia and alcoholism is a complex one. Reported prevalence rates vary widely, due to differing definitions, and methodological differences (Le´ pine and Pelissolo, 1998). Most studies looking for social phobia in patients with alcohol problems, abuse or dependence report prevalences of about 10% to 20%.

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