Year: 2004 Source: American Journal of Psychiatry, v.161, no.1, (January 2004), p.53-58 SIEC No: 20080870

The authors conducted a survey of 80 outpatients with schizophrenia & a comparison cohort of 27 patients with social anxiety disorder. Social anxiety scores of the 29 patients with schizophrenia with comorbid social anxiety disorder did not differ from those of subjects with social anxiety disorder. Patients with schizophrenia & social anxiety disorder had a higher lifetime rate of suicide attempts, greater lethality of suicide attempts, more past substance/alcohol abuse disorder, lower social adjustment, & lower overall quality of life. If these findings are confirmed, this study will make a contribution to operational guidelines & treatments for patients with schizophrenia & social anxiety disorder. (26 refs)