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Psychiatric Briefs

Prim Care Companion J Clin Psychiatry 2004;6:54-55

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Background: Social anxiety is associated with a severe level of disability and is a frequent but often unrecognized feature in schizophrenia. The purpose of this study was to precisely define the assessment, impact, clinical correlates, and consequences of social anxiety in schizophrenia. The authors conducted a survey of schizophrenia patients and a comparison cohort of patients with social anxiety disorder. Method: Eighty consecutively enrolled outpatients with DSM-IV schizophrenia and a consecutive comparison group of 27 patients with social anxiety disorder were recruited from an institutional psychiatric practice.‚Äč