Distinctive clinical characteristics and suicidal tendencies of patients with anxious depression

Ho Jun Seo, Young Eun Jung, Tae Suk Kim, Jung Bum Kim, Min-Soo Lee, Jae Min Kim, Hyun Woo Lim, Tae Youn Jun

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This study evaluated clinical characteristics and suicidality of patients with anxious depression in a large cohort of samples. Data were collected from 1003 patients who were depressed. A total of 461 patients were diagnosed with anxious depression and 542 were diagnosed with nonanxious depression. After adjusting for the severity of depression, those in the anxious depression group had significantly younger onset age, had been suffering from depression for a longer period, were more likely to experience a recurrence, and obtained lower scores on a scale assessing quality of life. The anxious depression group was characterized by a significantly higher proportion of individuals reporting significant suicidal ideation and previous suicide attempts, and those in this group tended to obtain higher scores on the Scale for Suicide Ideation. The present findings that were drawn from detailed evaluation of suicidality strongly support previous results assessed only with the help of clinical reports. More attention should be paid to assess suicide risk in these patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)42-48
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Nervous and Mental Disease
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Jan 1


  • anxiety
  • Anxious depression
  • suicidality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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