Social phobia in coeliac disease

Giovanni Addolorato, Antonio Mirijello, Cristina D'Angelo, Lorenzo Leggio, Anna Ferrulli, Luisa Vonghia, Silvia Cardone, Veruscka Leso, Antonio Miceli, Giovanni Gasbarrini

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Objective. A high prevalence of anxiety and depression has been reported in coeliac disease (CD). Although social phobia is included among the anxiety disorders, its presence in CD has never been investigated. The aim of the present study was to evaluate social phobia in CD patients. Material and methods. A total of 40 CD patients were consecutively enrolled in the study. Fifty healthy subjects were studied as controls. Social phobia was assessed by the Liebowitz Social Anxiety Scale (LSAS) and current depression by the modified version of the Zung Self-rating Depression Scale (M-SDS). Results. The percentage of subjects with social phobia was significantly higher in CD patients than in controls (70% versus 16%; p

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)410-415
Number of pages6
JournalScandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2008


  • Affective disorders
  • Coeliac disease
  • Depression
  • Social phobia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gastroenterology


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