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Prevalence, Recognition, and Treatment of Comorbid Depression and Anxiety

Mark H. Rapaport, MD

Published: January 11, 2001

Article Abstract

The management of depression is often complicated by comorbid psychiatric illness. Incompletediagnoses or inadequate treatment can severely limit a patient’s improvement. However,careful diagnosis and straightforward treatment can relieve suffering and restore function.This article will examine recent research investigating the coexistence of depression with anumber of different anxiety disorders and review literature on the prevalence and recognition ofdepression with comorbid anxiety disorders. Finally, current data on treatment will be discussed,with a focus on optimal treatment approaches and duration of treatment.

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