Are anxiety disorders and schizophrenia comorbid?

Updated: Mar 16, 2018
  • Author: Frances R Frankenburg, MD; Chief Editor: Glen L Xiong, MD  more...
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Many patients with schizophrenia report symptoms of anxiety. It is unclear whether such anxiety is an independent problem, part of the schizophrenia, a reaction to the schizophrenia, or a complication of treatment. Some adverse effects of medications, such as akathisia, may be experienced as anxiety. Anxiety may precede the onset of schizophrenia by several years. [68]


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