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Psycho-Social Predictors of Chronicity in Depressed Patients

  • R. M. A. Hirschfeld (a1), G. L. Klerman (a2), N. C. Andreasen (a3), P. J. Clayton (a4) and M. B. Keller (a5)...

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Nineteen patients with an episode of major depressive disorder who did not recover within two years of prospective follow-up were compared with an equal number who recovered within a year of the initial evaluation and remained well through the two-year follow-up date. The groups were individually matched for age, sex, primary/secondary status, and prior duration of episode. The only psycho-social variable that predicted chronicity was increased neuroticism on self-report personality inventories administered during the index evaluation. Early loss, recent life events, and recent social supports were not predictive of outcome.

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Psycho-Social Predictors of Chronicity in Depressed Patients

  • R. M. A. Hirschfeld (a1), G. L. Klerman (a2), N. C. Andreasen (a3), P. J. Clayton (a4) and M. B. Keller (a5)...
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