Anxiety disorders and depression are common and complex disorders. Despite decades of research, their etiology is largely unknown. Study of the occurrence and determinants, i.e. the epidemiology of anxiety disorders and depression, helps unravel their etiology. This thesis examines the epidemiology of anxiety disorders and depression in older adults. In particular, comorbidity, health care use, cortisol and atherosclerosis and genetic factors are studied in relation to anxiety and, or depression.

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The studies presented in this thesis were funded by BavoEuropoort. The Rotterdam Study is funded by Erasmus MC and Erasmus University Rotterdam; the Netherlands Organization for Health Research and Development, the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, the Ministry for Health, Welfare and Sports, the European Commission (DG XII), and the Municipality of Rotterdam. The generation and management of GWAS genotype data for the Rotterdam Study is supported by the Netherlands Organisation of Scientific Research NWO Investments (nr. 175.010.2005.011, 911-03-012). This study is funded by the Research Institute for Diseases in the Elderly (014-93-015; RIDE2), and the Netherlands Genomics Initiative (NGI)/Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) project nr. 050-060- 810. Financial support for the publication of this thesis was kindly provided by the Epidemiological and Social Psychiatric Research institute, Department of Psychiatry, Erasmus MC, Quofarma BV te Haarzuilens and Servier Nederland Farma B.V. J.E. Jurriaanse Stichting and Lundbeck BV
C.L. Mulder (Niels) , H.W. Tiemeier (Henning)
Erasmus University Rotterdam
Erasmus MC: University Medical Center Rotterdam

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