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The Differentiation of Anxiety and Depressive Syndromes

  • Richard P. Swinson
  • Marlene Kirby

Abstract

Since Freud (1895) differentiated anxiety neurosis from the other neurotic disorders there has been debate about whether this particular entity exists separate from other nosological entities. Recent interest in the clear delineation of psychiatric states from each other has had impetus from a number of directions. These include the examination of the rates and criteria for the diagnosis of schizophrenia across countries (Carpenter, Strauss, & Bartko, 1973), the development of specific criteria for the diagnosis of psychiatric disorders (Feighner et al., 1972), and the introduction of diagnostic systems which rely on definite criteria (e.g., DSM-III, American Psychiatric Association, 1980). All of these developments force greater precision in psychiatric diagnosis and classification. They are relevant mainly because of changes in treatment techniques and the increasing ability of clinicians to be able to match specific treatments to specific clinical problems.

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Depressive Symptom Anxiety Disorder Affective Disorder Panic Disorder Anxiety State 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard P. Swinson
    • 1
  • Marlene Kirby
    • 1
  1. 1.University of TorontoCanada

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