Categories of depression: reported life events in a controlled design

Brugha, Traolach S.; Conroy, Ronan; Brugha, T S; Conroy, R
December 1985
British Journal of Psychiatry;Dec85, Vol. 147, p641
Academic Journal
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In a case control study, 32 onset cases of depression, separated into PSE-CATEGO Categories N and R, were compared with individually matched symptom free general practice attenders. Combining both categories of depressives together a significantly greater number reported an Undesirable Life Event and a Threatening Life Event in the six months prior to onset, compared with their matched controls. Significantly more CATEGO R (retarded or endogenous) depressives reported an Independent Threatening event than their matched controls. These findings do not support the view that depression secondary to a major life event is more likely to be mild in character.


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