The dexamethasone suppression test in psychotic versus non-psychotic endogenous depression

Z. Rihmer, M. Arato, E. Szadoczky, K. Révai, E. Demeter, S. György, P. Udvarhelyi

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Abstract

The authors investigated the dexamethasone suppression test (DST) in 93 female patients with primary (endogenous) major depression; in 20 female paranoid schizophrenics, and in 17 healthy females. Depressed patients had a significantly higher rate of abnormal DST response and significantly higher post-dexamethasone serum cortisol levels than schizophrenics and normal controls. The unipolar and bipolar depressives showed a similar profile of DST abnormalities. Depressed patients with psychotic features had a significantly higher rate of positive DST results than non-psychotic patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)508-511
Number of pages4
JournalBritish Journal of Psychiatry
Volume145
Issue numberNOV.
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 1984

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Rihmer, Z., Arato, M., Szadoczky, E., Révai, K., Demeter, E., György, S., & Udvarhelyi, P. (1984). The dexamethasone suppression test in psychotic versus non-psychotic endogenous depression. British Journal of Psychiatry, 145(NOV.), 508-511.