Affective, Substance Use, and Anxiety Disorders in Persons with Arthritis, Diabetes, Heart Disease, High Blood Pressure, or Chronic Lung Conditions

Published in: General Hospital Psychiatry, v. 11, no. 5, Sep. 1989, p. 320-327

Posted on on January 01, 1989

by Kenneth B. Wells, Jacqueline M. Golding, M. Audrey Burnam

The authors estimated the sex- and age-adjusted prevalence of affective, substance use, and anxiety disorders in persons in a general population sample who identified themselves as having arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, chronic lung disease, or no chronic medical conditions. Persons who reported ever having arthritis, heart disease, chronic lung disease, or high blood pressure had a significantly increased adjusted prevalence of each of the three groups of lifetime psychiatric disorders, relative to a no-chronic conditions comparison group (each p less than 0.05). Persons who ever had diabetes had an increased adjusted prevalence of lifetime affective and anxiety but not substance use disorder. Persons with current (i.e., active) arthritis, heart disease, or high blood pressure had a significantly increased adjusted prevalence of recent (6-month) anxiety disorder, whereas those with current chronic lung disease had an increased adjusted prevalence of recent affective and substance use but not anxiety disorder.

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