Treating Anxiety, Mood Disorders Takes Time
MacNeil, Jane Salodof, Clinical Psychiatry News
SANTA FE, N.M. -- Anxiety disorders are a common comorbidity that lead to worse outcomes for patients with major depressive and bipolar disorders, speakers warned at a psychiatric symposium sponsored by the University of Arizona.
Dr. A. John Rush reported that more than half, 53.2%, of 2,876 depressed patients in the first phase of the STAR*D trial had anxious depression (Am. J. Psychiatry 2006;163:28-40).
Anxious patients were significantly less likely to achieve remission on their first medication for depression (odds ratio 0.77), according to Dr. Rush, principal investigator of the Sequenced Treatment Alternatives to Relieve Depression (STAR*D) trial.
Each of the comorbid anxiety disorders was associated with a lower remission rate. Posttraumatic stress …
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Publication information: Article title: Treating Anxiety, Mood Disorders Takes Time. Contributors: MacNeil, Jane Salodof - Author. Magazine title: Clinical Psychiatry News. Volume: 34. Issue: 12 Publication date: December 2006. Page number: 17. © 2009 International Medical News Group. COPYRIGHT 2006 Gale Group.
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