Comorbidity in social anxiety disorder: diagnostic and therapeutic challenges

Drugs Context. 2019 Apr 2:8:212573. doi: 10.7573/dic.212573. eCollection 2019.


Comorbid disorders are highly prevalent in patients with social anxiety disorder, occurring in as many as 90% of patients. The presence of comorbidity may affect the course of the disease in several ways such as comorbidity in patients with social anxiety disorder (SAD) is related to earlier treatment-seeking behavior, increased symptom severity, treatment resistance and decreased functioning. Moreover, comorbidities cause significant difficulties in nosology and diagnosis, and may cause treatment challenges. In this review, major psychiatric comorbidities that can be encountered over the course of SAD as well as comorbidity associated diagnostic and therapeutic challenges will be discussed.

Keywords: alcohol use disorder; anxiety; bipolar disorder; comorbidity; major depression; mood disorders; personality disorder; social anxiety disorder.

Publication types

  • Review