Are anxiety disorders a risk factor for developing major depressive disorder (clinical depression)?

Updated: Mar 28, 2019
  • Author: Jerry L Halverson, MD; Chief Editor: David Bienenfeld, MD  more...
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Patients with anxiety disorders are at higher risk for developing comorbid depression. In such patients, it is important to identify the anxiety disorder, because affected individuals often require specific treatment approaches. Commonly encountered anxiety disorders include the following:

Generalized anxiety disorder


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