Generalized anxiety disorder within the course of major depressive disorder: examining the utility of the DSM-IV hierarchy rule.

@article{Lawrence2009GeneralizedAD,
  title={Generalized anxiety disorder within the course of major depressive disorder: examining the utility of the DSM-IV hierarchy rule.},
  author={Amy E. Lawrence and Gabrielle I. Liverant and Anthony J. Rosellini and Timothy A. Brown},
  journal={Depression and anxiety},
  year={2009},
  volume={26 10},
  pages={909-16}
}
BACKGROUND The current Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV-TR) specifies that generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) should not be diagnosed if it occurs exclusively during an episode of a major depressive disorder (MDD) or another mood disorder. This hierarchy rule was intended to promote diagnostic parsimony, but may result in the loss of important clinical information. The goal of this study was to compare individuals with MDD, comorbid MDD and GAD, and GAD within the… CONTINUE READING
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