Comorbidity of anxiety and unipolar mood disorders

Annu Rev Psychol. 1998:49:377-412. doi: 10.1146/annurev.psych.49.1.377.


Research on relationships between anxiety and depression has proceeded at a rapid pace since the 1980s. The similarities and differences between these two conditions, as well as many of the important features of the comorbidity of these disorders, are well understood. The genotypic structure of anxiety and depression is also fairly well documented. Generalized anxiety and major depression share a common genetic diathesis, but the anxiety disorders themselves are genetically hetergeneous. Sophisticated phenotypic models have also emerged, with data converging on an integrative hierarchical model of mood and anxiety disorders in which each individual syndrome contains both a common and a unique component. Finally, considerable progress has been made in understanding cognitive aspects of these disorders. This work has focused on both the cognitive content of anxiety and depression and on the effects that anxiety and depression have on information processing for mood-congruent material.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Anxiety Disorders / classification*
  • Anxiety Disorders / diagnosis
  • Anxiety Disorders / epidemiology
  • Anxiety Disorders / physiopathology
  • Cognition / physiology
  • Comorbidity
  • Depressive Disorder / classification*
  • Depressive Disorder / diagnosis
  • Depressive Disorder / epidemiology
  • Depressive Disorder / physiopathology
  • Humans
  • Models, Psychological*
  • Terminology as Topic*
  • Time Factors