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Anxiety disorders are a risk factor for suicidal behaviour

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Q Are anxiety disorders associated with increased lifetime risk of suicidal ideation and attempts, and do they increase the risk of a first incidence of suicidal behaviour?


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Population-based prospective cohort study.

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Three years.

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The Netherlands; 1996–99.

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7076 participants in the Netherlands Mental Health and Incidence Survey, a large general population survey of a stratified random sample of Dutch households. One person, aged 18–64 years, was interviewed per household; participants had to speak adequate Dutch. At one year, 5618 participants were re-interviewed and at three years 4848 were re-interviewed. 4796 had valid information for all three assessments.

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The Composite International Diagnostic Interview (CIDI) …

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  • For correspondence: Jitender Sareen, MD, PZ-430, 771 Bannatyne Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3E 3N4, Canada; sareen{at}

  • Sources of funding: The Netherlands Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sports; Canadian Institutes of Health Research; Manitoba Health Research Council.

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