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    What is comorbid anxiety?

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    beyondblue is a national, independent, not-for-profit organisation working to address issues associated with depression, anxiety and related disorders in Australia.beyondblue is a bipartisan initiative of … View Profile

    This generally means it exists with some other condition at the same time. For example depression and anxiety often exist together, hence they are impacting on the person and both conditions impacting on each other. Another common Comorbid symptom is substance misuse, as people with depression may have both depression and substance misuse and both impact on each condition and ultimately the person.
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    Comorbid means that anxiety is present at the same time as another mental health condition such as depression. For many years, the comobidity of anxiety with depression was unrecognised and depression was viewed as the biggest mental health problem. However, anxiety is now seen as the most common issue because it has comorbidity with many other conditions, as well as standing alone. Clinically, it is often most effective to treat anxiety symptoms first, and then depression, or other conditions.

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