Lower IQ May Be Associated With Past-Year Fear And Distress Disorders In Adolescents, Study Indicates

Healio (12/28, Oldt) reports, “Lower IQ was associated with past-year fear and distress disorders and was not associated with” post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), “anxiety or eating disorders,” researchers found after analyzing “a national sample of adolescents from the 2001 to 2004 National comorbidity Survey Replication-Adolescent Supplement (n = 10,073; mean age, 15.2 years).” After adjusting for confounding factors, investigators found that “mean IQ was lower among adolescents with past-year bipolar disorder (P = .004), AD/HD (P = .002), oppositional defiant disorder (P = .007), conduct disorder (P = .02), alcohol abuse (P < .001), drug abuse (P = .02) and specific phobia (P = .001).” The findingswere published online Dec. 28 in JAMA Psychiatry. Related Links:

— “Lower IQ found in some adolescent psychiatric disorders ,”Amanda Oldt, Healio, December 28, 2016.

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