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Possible clinical applications of laboratory tests in depression.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry
0160-6689
Publisher
"Physicians Postgraduate Press, Inc."
Publication Date
Volume
45
Issue
4 Pt 2
Pages
6–11
Identifiers
PMID: 6370977
Source
Medline

Abstract

The diagnosis of depression has traditionally been based on clinical history and behavioral observations. While objective laboratory tests will further our understanding of the pathophysiology and perhaps aid in the management of depression, a critical examination of the application of these techniques in clinical psychiatry is warranted by their increasing use. The utility for clinicians of the dexamethasone suppression test (DST), urinary MHPG assay, and tricyclic antidepressant plasma level assay is reviewed.

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