People with depression may also experience anxious distress. This specific combination of health complaints has a negative influence on people’s health: they are longer ill, report more side effects, and treatment with antidepressants is often not as effective. These results were found by Roxanne Gaspersz, from Amsterdam UMC/GGZ inGeest, in her research on anxious distress in depression where data from the Netherlands Study of Depression and Anxiety (NESDA) was used. Gaspersz recommends that further research is required, as people with depression suffering from anxious distress seem to be an important subgroup of people with depression. However, because different definitions of depression and anxiety are used in literature results are difficult to compare.
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