Recommendation ID
Priority of treatment for people with anxiety and depression:- For people with both anxiety and depression, which disorder should be treated first to improve their outcomes?
Any explanatory notes
(if applicable)
Why is this important?:- Comorbidity between depression and anxiety disorders is common. At present there is little empirical evidence to guide healthcare professionals or patients in choosing which disorder should be treated first. Given that for many disorders the treatment strategies, particularly for psychological approaches, can be very different, guidance for healthcare professionals and patients on the appropriate sequencing of psychological interventions would be likely to significantly improve outcomes.
This should be tested in a randomised trial in which patients who have a dual diagnosis of an anxiety disorder and depression, and where there is uncertainty about the appropriate sequencing of treatment, should be randomised to different sequencing of treatment. The clinical and cost effectiveness of the interventions should be tested at the end of treatment and at 12 months' follow-up.

Source guidance details

Comes from guidance
Common mental health problems: identification and pathways to care
Date issued
May 2011

Other details

Is this a recommendation for the use of a technology only in the context of research? No  
Is it a recommendation that suggests collection of data or the establishment of a register?   No