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

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

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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.
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.
Social phobia was the only early anxiety disorder to show an association with a delayed onset of common viral childhood diseases.
Faculties and Departments:07 Faculty of Psychology > Departement Psychologie > Forschungsbereich Klinische Psychologie und Neurowissenschaften > Klinische Psychologie und Epidemiologie (Lieb)
UniBasel Contributors:Lieb, Roselind
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:Frontiers Research Foundation
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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