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Interpreting the complexity of major depression through the concept of anxious depression

WU Zhi-guo, WU Yan, FANG Yi-ru   

  1. Division of Mood Disorders, Shanghai Mental Health Center, Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine, Shanghai 200030, China
  • Online:2014-04-28 Published:2014-05-13
  • Supported by:

    Medical Guidance Project of Science and Technology Commission of Shanghai Municipality, 134119b0400; National Natural Science Foundation of China, 91232719; the “12th Five-year Plan” of National Key Technologies R&D Program, 2012BAI01B04; National Key Clinical Disciplines at Shanghai Mental Health Center, 2011-873; Shanghai Mental Health Center Foundation, 2011-YJ-12


Major depression is a kind of extremely complex illness. Currently, many clinical subtypes of major depression have been developed in order to accurately interpret the complexity of this illness. Among which the anxious depression has received more and more attention. This paper will interpret the complexity of major depression through the review of recent literatures focusing on depression with concurrent anxiety and dimensional defined anxious depression.

Key words: major depression, anxious depression, anxiety disorders, comorbidity