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Performance of the Dexamethasone Suppression Test in Depressive Illness According to ICD and DSM-III Classification Systems

  • Sarah Watkins (a1), Brian Harris (a2), Nigel Cook (a3), Roger Thomas (a4) and Diana Riad-Fahmy (a5)...

Abstract

The performance of the dexamethasone suppression test was assessed in 90 consecutive admissions with a diagnosis of depression, categorised according to two classification systems (DSM-III and ICD-9). Non-suppression was found in most of the diagnostic categories, but there was a highly significant association with the DSM-III classification ‘major depressive episode with melancholia’ (52%) in comparison with the ICD group ‘manic-depressive illness-depressed’ (29%).

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Department of Psychological Medicine, University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff

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Performance of the Dexamethasone Suppression Test in Depressive Illness According to ICD and DSM-III Classification Systems

  • Sarah Watkins (a1), Brian Harris (a2), Nigel Cook (a3), Roger Thomas (a4) and Diana Riad-Fahmy (a5)...
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