Psychological Medicine

Research Article

Dimensions of neuroses seen in primary-care settings

D. P. Goldberga1 c1, K. Bridgesa1, P. Duncan–Jonesa1 and D. Graysona1

a1 Department of Psychiatry, University of Manchester, UK and NH & MRC Social Psychiatry Research Unit, Canberra, Australia


This study uses methods of latent trait analysis to examine the relationships between psychiatric symptoms that constitute the common psychiatric disorders encountered in primary-care settings. Two highly correlated symptom dimensions of anxiety and depression are shown to underlie these disorders. Neurovegetative sysmptoms of depression are shown to be on the same dimension as psychic symptoms of depression, but to represent a more severe manifestation of depression.


c1 Address for correspondence: Professor D. P. Golberg, University Department of Psychiatry, Withington Hospital, West Didsbury, Manchester M20 8LR.