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Antidepressants in the treatment of anxiety disorder

  • Peter Tyrer (a1) and Cosmo Hallstrom (a2)
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Antidepressants are increasingly being used for the treatment of anxiety disorders, although they are not specifically licensed for this indication. This has come about partly because of concern over the problem of benzodiazepine dependence and the search for alternative, and preferably better, treatments. Antidepressants and other treatments have proved to be an effective alternative to benzodiazepines despite having more unwanted effects and a delayed onset of action. They may even be more effective than benzodiazepines and their benefits are alleged to be independent of concurrent depressive symptomatology. What is the evidence in favour of these claims?

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Antidepressants in the treatment of anxiety disorder

  • Peter Tyrer (a1) and Cosmo Hallstrom (a2)
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