The frequency of depression was assessed in 43 chronic schizophrenic patients during an acute exacerbation phase of schizophrenia. The dexamethasone suppression test was administered to all patients. Depressive symptomatology showed a prevalence from 16.3% for moderate symptoms to 23.2% for mild ones. Depressive symptoms occurred concurrently with the psychotic picture and resolved as the psychosis remitted. Depressive symptoms were not relative to age, sex, duration of illness, DST cortisol levels, drug dosages and extrapyramidal side effects while basal cortisol levels were negatively correlated with basal Hamilton score.
|Number of pages||4|
|Publication status||Published - 1995|
- neuroleptic treatment
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Psychiatry and Mental health