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Chronic major depressive episode and dysthymia: Comparison of demographic and clinical characteristics

Chronic major depressive episode and dysthymia: Comparison of demographic and clinical characteristics

European Psychiatry 8(5): 277-279

In an attempt to better delineate demographic and clinical characteristics of mild chronic depressions, 46 outpatients fulfilling DSM III-R criteria for dysthymia were compared with patients suffering from a chronic major depressive episode. The profile obtained from our dysthymic sample matches with those reported by other authors. The comparison between "minor" and major chronic depression was also carried out by subdividing these latter into unipolar - recurrent and single episode - and bipolar depression. Dysthymics showed a bipolar family history closer to that of bipolar chronic major depressives which was significantly higher than that recorded In the other sub-categories.

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