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Bull Menninger Clin. 1997 Spring;61(2 Suppl A):A37-53.

Anxiety disorders in primary care: a life-span perspective.

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  • 1Anxiety Disorders Prevention Program, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, PA, USA.


From a family-oriented life-span perspective, the authors highlight issues involved in recognition, assessment, and treatment of anxiety disorders. After reviewing prevalence rates for these disorders in child, adult, and geriatric groups, they discuss cross-generational transmission of illness and identify cross-cutting themes, such as comorbidity of anxiety and depression, relationship between anxiety disorders and quality of life, and links among disability, adversity, and anxiety. They also discuss issues specific to childbearing, motherhood, and bereavement, and conclude with a brief summary of treatment approaches.

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