Stability of Childhood Anxiety Disorder Diagnoses: A Follow-up Naturalistic Study in Psychiatric Care Articles uri icon

authors

  • BLANCO PORTILLO, CARLOS MANUEL
  • ARTES RODRIGUEZ, ANTONIO
  • Carballo, Juan J.
  • BACA GARCIA, ENRIQUE
  • Perez Rodriguez, Mercedes
  • JIMENEZ ARRIERO, MIGUEL A.
  • Rynn, Moira
  • Shaffer, David
  • Oquendo, Maria A.

publication date

  • April 2010

start page

  • 395

end page

  • 403

issue

  • 4

volume

  • 19

international standard serial number (ISSN)

  • 1018-8827

electronic international standard serial number (EISSN)

  • 1435-165X

abstract

  • Few studies have examined the stability of major psychiatric disorders in pediatric psychiatric clinical populations. The objective of this study was to examine the long-term
    stability of anxiety diagnoses starting with pre-school age children
    through adolescence evaluated at multiple time points.
    Prospective cohort study was conducted of all children and adolescents
    receiving psychiatric care at all pediatric psychiatric
    clinics belonging to two catchment areas in Madrid, Spain, between
    1 January, 1992 and 30 April, 2006. Patients were selected
    from among 24,163 children and adolescents who received psychiatric
    care. Patients had to have a diagnosis of an ICD-10 anxiety
    disorder during at least one of the consultations and had to have
    received psychiatric care for the anxiety disorder. We
    grouped anxiety disorder diagnoses according to the following
    categories:
    phobic disorders, social anxiety disorders,
    obsessive&-compulsive disorder (OCD), stress-related disorders, and
    "other" anxiety
    disorders which, among others, included generalized anxiety
    disorder, and panic disorder.