Prevalence of some symptoms in adolescence and maturity: social phobias, anxiety symptoms, episodic illusions and idea of reference

Psychopathology. 1986;19(4):200-5. doi: 10.1159/000284448.


In order to compare the prevalence of certain symptoms in adolescence with those at other ages, 6,034 apparently normal subjects aged 9-60 years were studied by questionnaire. Fear of blushing and fear of being looked at showed a maximum in the mid-teens and a subsequent gradual decrease both in males and females. They were more common in females at most ages. The anxiety symptoms also showed a peak in the mid-teens but there was a period of relative increase in the forties. Episodic illusions and the idea of being talked about started to decrease with age in adolescence.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Anxiety / epidemiology
  • Female
  • Headache / epidemiology
  • Humans
  • Illusions
  • Male
  • Mental Disorders / epidemiology*
  • Middle Aged
  • Phobic Disorders / epidemiology
  • Surveys and Questionnaires