cothymia

cothymia

The simultaneous association of anxiety and depression in the same person. Contast with dysthymia: a form of chronic low-grade depression, and with psychiatric comorbidity: the presence of apparently distinct psychiatric diagnoses in the same person. See also NOSOLOGY.
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Indeed, the boundaries between anxiety and mood disorders have become increasingly indistinct over the last two decades, to a degree that many applied researchers and clinicians have adopted terms like cothymia and mixed anxiety-depression (MAD) to better capture shared etiological and syndromal patterns across disorders (Barlow & Campbell, 2000; Katon & Roy-Byrne, 1991; Rapaport, 2001; Rivas-Vazquez, Saffa-Biller, Ruiz, Blais, & Rivas-Vazquez, 2004).