Something borrowed, something blue

Spearman Medal winner Thalia Eley on combining old and new approaches to the development of anxiety and depression.
Anxiety and depression are now recognised as major areas of public health concern, associated not only with distress to sufferers but also with serious social consequences in areas of life such as friendships, relationships, education and work. As many as one in five women are likely to be seriously depressed at some point in their lifetime, and roughly half that proportion of men. Both anxiety and depression show considerable continuity over time, with many individuals tracing the start of the problem to childhood (especially the subtype of anxiety, social phobia: Morris, 2001) or adolescence (especially depression: Fombonne et al., 2001).

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