Psychiatric comorbidities among adolescents with and without anxiety disorders: a community study

Comorbidades psiquiátricas entre adolescentes com e sem transtornos de ansiedade: um estudo da comunidade

Estácio Amaro da Silva Júnior Camila Albuquerque de Brito Gomes About the authors



To evaluate, in a community sample of adolescents, the presence of comorbidities in different anxiety disorders.


This is a cross-sectional study, initially composed of 2,457 adolescents, aged between 10-17 years old, from public schools of the area covered by the Basic Health Unit of a university hospital. We applied the Screen for Child Anxiety Related Emotional Disorders (SCARED) to assess for anxiety disorders. Then, 138 positive cases in the screening were assessed for mental disorders through the Schedule for Affective Disorder and Schizophrenia for School-Age Children – Present and Lifetime Version (K-SADS-PL).


Patients with anxiety disorders had more association with other anxiety disorders, as well as depression, and enuresis. The most common comorbidity described in our study was between generalized anxiety disorder and separation anxiety disorder (OR = 4.21, 95% CI 1.88, 9.58). Significant association was observed between other disorders such as enuresis and separation anxiety disorder (OR = 3.81, 95% CI 1.16, 12.49), as well as depression and generalized anxiety disorder (OR = 3.40; 95% CI 1.52, 7.61).


Our study showed a relevant presence of comorbidities adolescents with anxiety disorders, selected from a community sample, especially regarding other anxiety disorders. Nevertheless, further studies are needed to confirm our findings.

Child psychiatry; anxiety disorders; psychiatric comorbidities; depression; enuresis

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