anxiety and depression

Last edited 07/2022 and last reviewed 07/2022

When depression is accompanied by symptoms of anxiety, which is particularly common in older people, the first priority should usually be to treat the depression.

When the person has an anxiety disorder and comorbid depression or depressive symptoms, consult NICE guidance for the relevant anxiety disorder if available and consider treating the anxiety disorder first


  1. NICE (June 2022). Depression in adults: treatment and management