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Tips for Treating Comorbid Depression and Anxiety

Tips for Treating Comorbid Depression and Anxiety

Comorbid depressive and anxiety disorders are commonly seen in both primary care and the specialty setting. Such comorbidity can present as major depression with subsyndromal anxiety symptoms or unipolar/bipolar depression comorbid with an anxiety disorder. The following Tipsheets offer general guidelines and are adapted from a previously published article in Psychiatric Times,Depression and Comorbid Anxiety: An Overview of Pharmacological Options.”


TIPSHEET 1. Self-Rated Scales

Several easy-to-use self-rated scales are available for monitoring symptoms:

• Depression Anxiety Stress Scale (42-item or shorter 21-item)

• Beck Depression Inventory

• Beck Anxiety Inventory

• Yale-Brown Obsessive Compulsive Scale

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