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Title: Generalised anxiety disorder in Singapore: Prevalence, co-morbidity and risk factors in a multi-ethnic population
Authors: Lim, L. 
Ng, T.P. 
Chua, H.C.
Chiam, P.C.
Won, V.
Lee, T.
Fones, C.S.L. 
Kua, E.H. 
Keywords: Co-morbidity
Generalised anxiety disorder
Life events
Socio-economic status
Issue Date: Dec-2005
Citation: Lim, L., Ng, T.P., Chua, H.C., Chiam, P.C., Won, V., Lee, T., Fones, C.S.L., Kua, E.H. (2005-12). Generalised anxiety disorder in Singapore: Prevalence, co-morbidity and risk factors in a multi-ethnic population. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology 40 (12) : 972-979. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Background: There has been a relative lack of epidemiological data on generalised anxiety disorder (GAD) in Southeast Asia. A previous study reported a lifetime prevalence of 1.5% and highlighted low preference for seeking professional help and consultation by persons suspected to be suffering from mental health problems. The present study is part of a National Mental Health survey of adults conducted from February 2003-March 2004 specifically assessing anxiety and depression in Singapore. In this paper we report on prevalence, co-morbidity and risk factors associated with GAD. Methods: We interviewed 2,847 households from an ethnically stratified random sample of adults aged 20-59 years who were Singapore citizens or permanent residents. The General Health Questionnaire and Schedule for Clinical Assessment of Neuropsychiatry were administered, which generated Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition (DSM-IV) diagnoses of GAD. We assessed socio-demographic correlates, life events, medical and other psychiatric co-morbidities related to GAD. Results: Lifetime prevalence of GAD was 3.3%, current prevalence is 3.0%. Female to male ratio is 3.6:1. GAD was significantly associated (p
Source Title: Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology
ISSN: 09337954
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