Abstract and Keywords
Comorbidity of anxiety disorders and physical illnesses is common, and has the potential to negatively impact the individual. Nevertheless, anxiety often remains undetected in medical settings. The aim of this chapter is to explore these comorbidities with respect to a number of physical conditions and their specific associations with anxiety disorders. Several studies have illustrated an association between anxiety and physical conditions. The physical conditions demonstrating the strongest findings of an association with anxiety disorders have been with asthma, gastrointestinal problems, chronic pain conditions, and cardiac disorders. Among the anxiety disorders, posttraumatic stress disorder and panic disorder seem to have the greatest evidence for association with several physical conditions. Mechanisms and clinical implications are discussed.
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