Anxiety is a prominent non-motor feature of adult-onset isolated dystonia

Takeaway

  • Clinically relevant anxiety and anxiety disorders are prevalent across many forms of adult-onset isolated dystonia.

Why this matters

    Anxiety is a common and significant burden in people with adult-onset isolated dystonia; however, the prevalence of anxiety symptoms and disorders is currently unknown. This study is the first systematic review and meta-analysis to explore the prevalence of anxiety in this population. The findings reveal that anxiety prevalence is high and comparable to other neurological conditions, such as stroke and Parkinson’s disease, highlighting the need for monitoring and managing these important non-motor features in this at-risk population.