Social Phobia Is Associated with Delayed Onset of Chickenpox, Measles, and Mumps Infections.

Ajdacic-Gross, Vladeta; Aleksandrowicz, Aleksandra; Rodgers, Stephanie; Müller, Mario; Kawohl, Wolfram; Rössler, Wulf; Castelao, Enrique; Vandeleur, Caroline; von Känel, Roland; Mutsch, Margot; Lieb, Roselind; Preisig, Martin (2016). Social Phobia Is Associated with Delayed Onset of Chickenpox, Measles, and Mumps Infections. Frontiers in psychiatry, 7, p. 203. Frontiers 10.3389/fpsyt.2016.00203

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OBJECTIVE Evidence showing that infectious diseases in childhood play an important role in the etiopathogenesis of neurodevelopmental and other mental disorders is growing. The aim of this study was to explore the timing of common childhood diseases in early-onset anxiety disorders. MATERIALS AND METHODS We analyzed data from PsyCoLaus, a large Swiss Population Cohort Study (N = 3720). In this study, we regressed overanxious disorder, separation anxiety disorder, social phobia, and specific phobias on the age of onset of several childhood diseases, always adjusting for the other anxiety disorders listed above and for sex. RESULTS The timing of viral childhood diseases (chickenpox, measles, and mumps) was consistently delayed in social phobia, notably both in men and women. We found no evidence for a reversed sequence of onset of phobia symptoms before that of the infections included. CONCLUSION Social phobia was the only early anxiety disorder to show an association with a delayed onset of common viral childhood diseases.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > Pre-clinic Human Medicine > BioMedical Research (DBMR) > DCR Unit Sahli Building > Forschungsgruppe Neurologie

UniBE Contributor:

von Känel, Roland

ISSN:

1664-0640

Publisher:

Frontiers

Language:

English

Submitter:

Stefanie Hetzenecker

Date Deposited:

04 Jun 2018 14:22

Last Modified:

10 Jun 2018 02:16

Publisher DOI:

10.3389/fpsyt.2016.00203

PubMed ID:

28082921

Uncontrolled Keywords:

anxiety disorders childhood diseases epidemiology infectious diseases social phobia

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.102129

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/102129

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