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Vol 2, No 3 (2005)
Review paper
Published online: 2005-09-27
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Depression with atypical symptoms

Jerzy Landowski, Edyta Rudnik
Psychiatria 2005;2(3):154-160.

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Vol 2, No 3 (2005)
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Published online: 2005-09-27

Abstract

Atypical depression as a separate diagnostic category is not commonly accepted. It does not exist in ICD-10 classification. DSM-IV uses the atypical features specifier to describe particular clinical picture of major depression or dysthymia. Its definition is based on early conception of so-called atypical depression made by the Columbia University group. Depression with atypical features differs from melancholia as regards clinical picture as well as biological characteristic.
Prevalence of depression with atypical features is estimated at 4%, among major depression at 16-25%. Atypical features occur frequently in seasonal and bipolar II depression. Presence of atypical features specifier is an indicator for treatment with serotoninergic antidepressants: monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOI) or selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI).

Abstract

Atypical depression as a separate diagnostic category is not commonly accepted. It does not exist in ICD-10 classification. DSM-IV uses the atypical features specifier to describe particular clinical picture of major depression or dysthymia. Its definition is based on early conception of so-called atypical depression made by the Columbia University group. Depression with atypical features differs from melancholia as regards clinical picture as well as biological characteristic.
Prevalence of depression with atypical features is estimated at 4%, among major depression at 16-25%. Atypical features occur frequently in seasonal and bipolar II depression. Presence of atypical features specifier is an indicator for treatment with serotoninergic antidepressants: monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOI) or selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI).
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Keywords

atypical depression; diagnosis; treatment

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Title

Depression with atypical symptoms

Journal

Psychiatria (Psychiatry)

Issue

Vol 2, No 3 (2005)

Article type

Review paper

Pages

154-160

Published online

2005-09-27

Bibliographic record

Psychiatria 2005;2(3):154-160.

Keywords

atypical depression
diagnosis
treatment

Authors

Jerzy Landowski
Edyta Rudnik

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