Separation of anxiety and depressive disorders

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.327.7419.869-b (Published 09 October 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:869

New tools will lead to more valid classification system

  1. Michael B First, associate professor of clinical psychiatry (mbf2@columbia.edu),
  2. Darrel A Regier, director, division of research
  1. Columbia University, 1051 Riverside Drive, Unit 60, New York, NY 10032, USA
  2. American Psychiatric Association, 1000 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 1825, Arlington, VA 22209, USA

    EDITOR—Shorter and Tyrer's comments about the implications of separating depressive and anxiety disorders in the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) are perplexing, but not enlightening.1

    Implying that this separation is impeding the development of new antidepressants, the authors cite an inverse relation between the number of patented new drugs and …

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