For suicidal young adults with comorbid depressive and anxiety disorders, problem-solving treatment may be better than treatment as usual


Practicing psychologists face many complexities and challenges in caring for suicidal patients who have comorbid mood and anxiety disorders. Not only must suicidal crises be addressed, but co-occurring depressive and anxiety symptoms compete for attention as well and are associated with relatively poor clinical prognosis in usual treatments. The current study compared problem-solving treatment to treatment as usual among depression-anxiety comorbid versus noncomorbid clinically suicidal young adults. Suicidal patients with mood and anxiety disorders were randomized to the 2 treatments and followed over time. Comorbid suicidal patients, in particular, experienced notable symptom improvements from the problem-solving treatment. Features of the problem-solving treatment are described for use in clinical practice.

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Professional Psychology: Research and Practice