Symptomatologic analysis of psychotic and non-psychotic depression

E. Lattuada, A. Serretti, C. Cusin, M. Gasperini, E. Smeraldi

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Background: The aim of the present study is to evaluate the symptomatologic presentation of delusional compared to non-delusional major depressive episodes. Methods: Two hundred and eighty-eight subjects suffering from mood disorder (144 bipolar, 133 unipolar) were assessed at admission by the Hamilton Depression Rating Scale (HAMD-21). Results: Depressive symptomatology was more severe in the delusional sample, even after the exclusion of the items directly involved with delusional symptoms (P = 0.00002). Conclusions: Our data support the hypothesis of delusional depression as a more severe form of mood disorder.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)183-187
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Affective Disorders
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1999


  • Bipolar disorder
  • Delusions
  • Depressive disorder
  • Mood disorders
  • Psychopathology
  • Psychotic

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Biological Psychiatry
  • Neurology
  • Psychology(all)


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