Prevalence of social phobia and its comorbidity with psychiatric disorders in Iran
Article first published online: 30 JUN 2006
© 2006 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
Depression and Anxiety
Volume 23, Issue 7, pages 405–411, 2006
How to Cite
Mohammadi, M.-R., Ghanizadeh, A., Mohammadi, M. and Mesgarpour, B. (2006), Prevalence of social phobia and its comorbidity with psychiatric disorders in Iran. Depress. Anxiety, 23: 405–411. doi: 10.1002/da.20129
- Issue published online: 28 SEP 2006
- Article first published online: 30 JUN 2006
- Manuscript Accepted: 30 AUG 2005
- Manuscript Revised: 16 MAR 2005
- Manuscript Received: 31 AUG 2004
- social phobia;
- psychiatric disorder;
This study explored the prevalence of social phobia (SP) in the general population of Iran, the sociodemographic characteristics of subjects with SP, and its comorbidity with the other lifetime psychiatric disorders. Our study was part of the nationwide study on the prevalence of psychiatric disorders in Iran. Overall, 25,180 Iranian subjects, age 18 years and over, from urban and rural areas of Iran were selected by a clustered random sampling method and interviewed face-to-face by 250 trained clinical psychologists using DSM-IV diagnostic criteria. Out of 12,398,235 households, 7,795 households in the form of 1,559 clusters of five households were selected. The statistical framework was based on the household lists available from the Department of Health in the provinces. The response rate was 90%. The lifetime prevalence of SP was 0.82%. The rate was 0.4% in males and 1.3% in females. The rate was higher in younger age groups and widows/widowers. It was not related to educational level and residential area. Specific phobia (66.7%), obsessive–compulsive disorder (17.4%), major depressive disorder (15%), and panic disorder (12.1%) were the most common lifetime psychiatric disorders among subjects with SP. The rate of SP in Iran is more similar to that in other Asian countries, and it is lower than that in Western countries. The rate of other psychiatric disorders among subjects with SP is more than that in the general population, and the most common psychiatric disorders were the other anxiety disorders and major depressive disorder. Depression and Anxiety 23:405–411, 2006 © 2006 Wiley-Liss, Inc.