The Association Between Somatic Symptoms, Anxiety Disorders and Substance Use. A Literature Review

The Association Between Somatic Symptoms, Anxiety Disorders and Substance Use. A Literature Review The aim of this article is to review the association between somatic symptoms, anxiety disorders and substance use. A Pub Med based literature review was conducted using various combinations of keywords related to substance use, somatic symptoms and anxiety. In various studies somatic symptoms were found to be associated with substance use. Anxiety disorders were found to have a high co-morbidity with substance use in most studies. However, several of the reviewed studies also included depressive symptoms which might have confounded the results. None of the studies was specifically aimed to find out if somatic symptoms in substance users represent an underlying primary anxiety disorder. Somatic symptoms and anxiety disorders are commonly noticed in substance users. Further studies are needed to clarify these associations since they may have significant clinical implications. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Psychiatric Quarterly Springer Journals

The Association Between Somatic Symptoms, Anxiety Disorders and Substance Use. A Literature Review

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Publisher
Springer Journals
Copyright
Copyright © 2011 by Springer Science+Business Media, LLC
Subject
Medicine & Public Health; Psychiatry; Public Health; Sociology, general
ISSN
0033-2720
eISSN
1573-6709
D.O.I.
10.1007/s11126-011-9174-2
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Abstract

The aim of this article is to review the association between somatic symptoms, anxiety disorders and substance use. A Pub Med based literature review was conducted using various combinations of keywords related to substance use, somatic symptoms and anxiety. In various studies somatic symptoms were found to be associated with substance use. Anxiety disorders were found to have a high co-morbidity with substance use in most studies. However, several of the reviewed studies also included depressive symptoms which might have confounded the results. None of the studies was specifically aimed to find out if somatic symptoms in substance users represent an underlying primary anxiety disorder. Somatic symptoms and anxiety disorders are commonly noticed in substance users. Further studies are needed to clarify these associations since they may have significant clinical implications.

Journal

Psychiatric QuarterlySpringer Journals

Published: Apr 20, 2011

References

  • Depressive and anxiety disorders in patients presenting with physical complaints: Clinical predictors and outcome
    Kroenke, K; Jackson, JL; Chamberlin, J
  • Substance use among adolescents in Taiwan: Associated personality traits, incompetence, and behavioral/emotional problems
    Kuo, P; Yang, H
  • Self-reported somatization symptoms associated with risk for extreme alcohol use
    Tien, AY; Schlaepfer, TE
  • The role of childhood and adulthood abuse among women presenting for chronic pain management
    Green, CR; Flowe-Valencia, H; Rosenblum, L

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