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Depressive syndromes in the year following onset of a first schizophrenic illness*.

Authors
  • House, A
  • Bostock, J
  • Cooper, J
Type
Published Article
Journal
The British journal of psychiatry : the journal of mental science
Publication Date
Dec 01, 1987
Volume
151
Pages
773–779
Identifiers
PMID: 2901885
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

A complete, unselected series of 68 patients who were seen during their first episode of an undoubtedly schizophrenic illness, and followed up one year later (for 56 patients) is described clinically. Depressive symptoms were common at onset, and 22% of patients could have been considered cases of depression from these symptoms alone. At follow-up, depressive symptoms had reduced in prevalence and only 7% of subjects were depressed cases. Only two cases of depression at follow-up had not been cases at onset. These changes could not be attributed to the use of antidepressants or ECT. Depressive syndromes could be distinguished from akinesia and the negative syndromes. The findings indicate that depression cannot be attributed solely to the administration of neuroleptics.

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