Co-occurrence of depressive, anxiety, and somatic symptoms: trajectories from adolescence to midlife using group-based joint trajectory analysis

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dc.contributor.author Lallukka, Tea
dc.contributor.author Mekuria, Gashaw B
dc.contributor.author Nummi, Tapio
dc.contributor.author Virtanen, Pekka
dc.contributor.author Virtanen, Marianna
dc.contributor.author Hammarström, Anne
dc.date.accessioned 2019-08-04T03:19:48Z
dc.date.available 2019-08-04T03:19:48Z
dc.date.issued 2019-08-01
dc.identifier.citation BMC Psychiatry. 2019 Aug 01;19(1):236
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10138/304254
dc.description.abstract Abstract Background Co-occurrence of mental and somatic symptoms is common, and recent longitudinal studies have identified single trajectories of these symptoms, but it is poorly known whether the symptom trajectories can also co-occur and change across the lifespan. We aimed to examine co-occurring symptoms and their joint trajectories from adolescence to midlife. Methods Longitudinal data were derived from Northern Sweden, where 506 girls and 577 boys aged 16 years participated at baseline in 1981 (99.7% of those initially invited), and have been followed up in four waves until the age of 43. Survey data were collected about depressive, anxiety, and somatic symptoms. Potential joint development of this three-component symptom set was examined with multiple response trajectory analysis, a method that has not been previously used to study co-occurrence of these symptoms. Results We identified a five trajectory solution as the best: “very low” (19%), “low” (31%), “high” (22%), “late sharply increasing” (16%) and a “very high increasing” (12%). In the “late sharply increasing” and “very high increasing” groups the scores tended to increase with age, while in the other groups the levels were more stable. Overall, the results indicated that depressive, anxiety, and somatic symptoms co-exist from adolescence to midlife. Conclusions The multiple response trajectory analysis confirmed high stability in the co-occurrence of depressive, anxiety, and somatic symptoms from adolescence to midlife. Clinicians should consider these findings to detect symptoms in their earliest phase in order to prevent the development of co-occurring high levels of symptoms.
dc.publisher BioMed Central
dc.subject Mental health
dc.subject Epidemiology
dc.subject Adolescents
dc.subject Adults
dc.title Co-occurrence of depressive, anxiety, and somatic symptoms: trajectories from adolescence to midlife using group-based joint trajectory analysis
dc.date.updated 2019-08-04T03:19:48Z
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