Separation of anxiety and depressive disorders

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

Normal rules of critical evaluation were presumably suspended

  1. Roger L Weeks, general practitioner (roger@safescript.org)
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    EDITOR—Shorter and Tyrer's conclusion that failure to advance (drug) treatment of anxiety and depression is related to wrong (disease) classification seems to be based on several false premises.1

    Inverse relation between number of new drugs patented for mood and anxiety disorders and number of anxiety and depressive diagnoses in DSM revisions

    Firstly, precise diagnosis is possible in mental disorders. …

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