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Depression and Anxiety Disorders in Teens

Among adults, depression and anxiety are closely linked yet distinct entities. Historically, the association has been generally applied to teens and adolescents.

This distinction may be modified to be a “joined” relationship in a new version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-V). Adolescent depression and anxiety disorders are presently classified separately in the revised fourth edition of the DSM (DSM-IV-TR).

According to a Dutch researcher, however, the two disorders are distinct in children and adolescents and should continue to be reported as such.

Dr. William W. Hale III, a researcher of the Langeveld Institute for the Study of Education and Development in Childhood and Adolescence at Utrecht University, presented his thoughts in a recent publication in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry.

Hale and his colleagues came to their conclusions after a five-year, longitudinal study of secondary school adolescents.

The researchers measured each child’s depressive and anxiety disorder symptoms each year. From this, they concluded that while adolescent anxiety and depression were strongly related to one another, that adolescent depression and anxiety disorder symptoms are in fact best classified as two distinct disorders.

Source: Wiley

Depression and Anxiety Disorders in Teens

Rick Nauert PhD

Rick Nauert, PhDDr. Rick Nauert has over 25 years experience in clinical, administrative and academic healthcare. He is currently an associate professor for Rocky Mountain University of Health Professionals doctoral program in health promotion and wellness. Dr. Nauert began his career as a clinical physical therapist and served as a regional manager for a publicly traded multidisciplinary rehabilitation agency for 12 years. He has masters degrees in health-fitness management and healthcare administration and a doctoral degree from The University of Texas at Austin focused on health care informatics, health administration, health education and health policy. His research efforts included the area of telehealth with a specialty in disease management.

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Nauert PhD, R. (2018). Depression and Anxiety Disorders in Teens. Psych Central. Retrieved on March 21, 2019, from
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