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The Detection and Consequences of Anxiety in Clinical Depression

Jan Fawcett, M.D.

Published: July 1, 1997

Article Abstract

Anxiety symptoms and comorbid anxiety are common in depressive syndromes, and there is evidencethey are associated with increased severity of depression and a poorer outcome. Anxiety andagitation symptoms also appear to be an acute risk factor for suicide in patients who have major affectivedisorder, an observation that has been supported by a number of biological correlates. Rapid andaggressive treatment of these anxiety/agitation symptoms with suitable antidepressants or benzodiazepinesshould be considered in order to avoid the immediate risk of suicide and to permit successfultreatment of the affective disorder.

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Volume: 58

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