Identifying depression and anxiety disorders in people presenting for substance use treatment

Staiger, Petra K., Thomas, Anna C., Ricciardelli, Lina A. and McCabe, Marita P. 2011, Identifying depression and anxiety disorders in people presenting for substance use treatment, Medical journal of Australia, vol. 195, no. 3, Supplement : Depression, anxiety and substance use, pp. 60-63.

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Title Identifying depression and anxiety disorders in people presenting for substance use treatment
Author(s) Staiger, Petra K.ORCID iD for Staiger, Petra K.
Thomas, Anna C.
Ricciardelli, Lina A.ORCID iD for Ricciardelli, Lina A.
McCabe, Marita P.
Journal name Medical journal of Australia
Volume number 195
Issue number 3
Season Supplement : Depression, anxiety and substance use
Start page 60
End page 63
Total pages 4
Publisher Australasian Medical Publishing Company Pty Ltd
Place of publication Strawberry Hills, N.S.W.
Publication date 2011-08-01
ISSN 0025-729X
Summary Objective: To identify the type and proportion of depressive and related mental health disorders in a group of individuals seeking outpatient treatment at an alcohol and other drug (AOD) service.
Design, setting and participants: A cross-sectional study using diagnostic interviews with 95 participants (56 men, 39 women) seeking treatment from an AOD service.
Main outcome measures: Mental health and substance disorders were measured using the Composite International Diagnostic Interview, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Checklist, Beck Depression Inventory, and State–Trait Anxiety Inventory (Trait Version).
Results: This was a complex group with addiction, mental health and physical health conditions; 76% had a depressive disorder and 71% had an anxiety disorder. Most were diagnosed with at least two mental health disorders and 25% were diagnosed with four or more different disorders. Alcohol and cannabis use were the most commonly diagnosed AOD disorders. Further, those diagnosed with a drug use disorder reported significantly higher levels of depression compared with those with an alcohol-only disorder. Finally, 60% of the sample reported chronic health conditions, with over one third taking medication for a physical condition on a regular basis.
Conclusions: Primary care providers such as general practitioners are likely to be increasingly called on to assess, treat and/or coordinate care of patients with AOD disorders. We show that this group will likely present to their GP with more than one MJA 2011; 195: S60–S63 mental health disorder in addition to acute and chronic physical health conditions.
Language eng
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 920410 Mental Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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