Somatic complaints in anxious youth.

Journal Article (Journal Article;Multicenter Study)

This study examined (a) demographic and clinical characteristics associated with physical symptoms in anxiety-disordered youth and (b) the impact of cognitive-behavioral therapy (Coping Cat), medication (sertraline), their combination, and pill placebo on physical symptoms. Youth (N = 488, ages 7-17 years) with a principal diagnosis of generalized anxiety disorder, separation anxiety disorder, or social phobia participated as part of a multi-site, randomized controlled trial and received treatment delivered over 12 weeks. Diagnostic status, symptom severity, and impairment were assessed at baseline and week 12. The total number and severity of physical symptoms was associated with age, principal diagnosis, anxiety severity, impairment, and the presence of comorbid internalizing disorders. Common somatic complaints were headaches, stomachaches, head cold or sniffles, sleeplessness, and feeling drowsy or too sleepy. Physical symptoms decreased over the course of treatment, and were unrelated to treatment condition. Clinical implications and directions for future research are discussed ( number, NCT00052078).

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Crawley, SA; Caporino, NE; Birmaher, B; Ginsburg, G; Piacentini, J; Albano, AM; Sherrill, J; Sakolsky, D; Compton, SN; Rynn, M; McCracken, J; Gosch, E; Keeton, C; March, J; Walkup, JT; Kendall, PC

Published Date

  • August 2014

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 45 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 398 - 407

PubMed ID

  • 24129543

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC3989467

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1573-3327

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s10578-013-0410-x


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States