NESDA: The Netherlands Study of Depression and Anxiety (WC2003-032)

NESDA: The Netherlands Study of Depression and Anxiety

Background

Starting date: 01/01/2002

Approximately one out of three people in the Netherlands suffer from depression or anxiety at some time in their lives, with major consequences for their general health and daily functioning.
It is still not clear what makes people susceptible to depression and anxiety disorders, or why the symptoms are transient or chronic. To answer these questions, it is necessary to follow a large cohort of people for a long time in a longitudinal study. The Netherlands Study of Depression and Anxiety (NESDA) was initiated for this purpose. 2981 people with and without depression or anxiety symptoms will be monitored for eight years. The researchers will assess not only the psychological functioning of these people but also physical, social and economic aspects. The subjects will be recruited from primary care practices and specialized mental health institutions in several regions in the Netherlands. The research receives funding from the ZonMw Geestkracht program. For more information, visit our website at www.nesda.nl

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