An examination of generalized anxiety disorder and dysthymia utilizing the Rorschach inkblot method

Jenelle Slavin-Mulford, Alyssa Clements, Mark Hilsenroth, Jocelyn Charnas, Jennifer Zodan

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This study examined transdiagnostic features of generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) and dysthymia in an outpatient clinical sample. Fifteen patients who met DSM-IV criteria for GAD and twenty-one patients who met DSM-IV criteria for dysthymia but who did not have comorbid anxiety disorder were evaluated utilizing the Rorschach. Salient clinical variables were then compared. Results showed that patients with GAD scored significantly higher on variables related to cognitive agitation and a desire/need for external soothing. In addition, there was a trend for patients with GAD to produce higher scores on a measure of ruminative focus on negative aspects of the self. Thus, not surprisingly, GAD patients' experienced more distress than the dysthymic patients. The implications of these findings are discussed with regards to better understanding the shared and distinct features of GAD and dysthymia.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)137-143
Number of pages7
JournalPsychiatry Research
Publication statusPublished - Jun 30 2016



  • Comorbidity
  • Depression
  • Dysthymia
  • Generalized anxiety disorder
  • Rorschach

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Biological Psychiatry

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