Quality of life impairment in generalized anxiety disorder, social phobia, and panic disorder

Terri L Barrera, Peter J. Norton

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Interest in the assessment of quality of life in the anxiety disorders is growing. The present study examined quality of life impairments in individuals with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), social phobia, and panic disorder. Results showed that individuals with these disorders reported less satisfaction with their quality of life than non-anxious adults in the community. However, the degree of quality of life impairment is similar across these three disorders. Additionally, comorbid depression, but not anxiety, was found to negatively impact quality of life in these individuals. Finally, diagnostic symptom severity was not found to influence quality of life, indicating that subjective measures of quality of life offer unique information on the effects of anxiety disorders.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1086-1090
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Anxiety Disorders
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Generalized anxiety disorder
  • Panic disorder
  • Quality of life
  • Social phobia

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