Depressive episodes--evidence for a causal role of primary anxiety disorders?

  title={Depressive episodes--evidence for a causal role of primary anxiety disorders?},
  author={Hans-Ulrich Wittchen and Katja Beesdo and Antje Bittner and Renee D Goodwin},
  journal={European psychiatry : the journal of the Association of European Psychiatrists},
  volume={18 8},
Anxiety and depressive disorders are common mental disorders in general population, imposing tremendous burden on both affected persons and society. Moreover, comorbidity between anxiety and depressive conditions is high, leading to substantial disability and functional impairment. Findings consistently suggest that anxiety disorders are primary to depression in the majority of comorbid cases. Yet, the question of whether anxiety disorders are risk factors for depression, and potentially even… CONTINUE READING

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