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Elderly women are at greater risk of comorbid generalised anxiety and depression than elderly men

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Q How prevalent are depression, generalised anxiety, and mixed anxiety/depression in elderly people and how similar are their risk factors?

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Cross sectional study.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands; time period not specified.

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3790 people aged 65–86 years old, living in the community. Participants were randomly sampled from 30 general practices. Adults with organic disorders were excluded.

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Participants were interviewed to obtain information on: age, education level, socioeconomic status, marital status, social support, professional support, history of treatment for depression or generalised anxiety, or both, and presence of chronic disease …

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