The prognosis of anxiety neurosis

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1980 Feb;37(2):173-8. doi: 10.1001/archpsyc.1980.01780150063006.


One hundred twelve anxiety neurotics originally seen in the medical clinics of a university hospital were interviewed after six years, and their outcome was compared with that of 110 surgical control subjects. Although socially impaired to a greater extent than control subjects, the majority of patients with anxiety neurosis, despite persisting symptoms, were shown to have a favorable outcome. Sixty-eight percent were either recovered or mildly impaired at follow-up examination. Of the prognostic variables examined, duration of illness and social class proved predictive of outcome. Secondary depression, which was reported by 44% of the neurotic subjects, represented the most frequent and potentially serious complication.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Anti-Anxiety Agents / therapeutic use
  • Anxiety Disorders / psychology
  • Anxiety Disorders / rehabilitation*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Outcome and Process Assessment, Health Care
  • Personality Disorders / psychology
  • Prognosis
  • Psychotherapy
  • Social Adjustment


  • Anti-Anxiety Agents