Colour associations as predictors of the effectiveness of anti-depressant pharmacotherapy in endogenous depressive patients

Erzsébet Demeter, Zoltán Rihmer, Ede Frecska

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The authors examined the number of associations given for the 8 Lüscher colours by 20 endogenous depressive patients (11 unipolar and 9 bipolar II) before anti-depressant pharmacotherapy and on the 7th, 14th and 21si day of treatment. The depressive patients gave significantly fewer total responses before treatment than the 15 healthy control persons. While the number of associations obtained from the control persons was unchanged at the end of the 1st week, the depressive patients responding to the treatment (responders. n = 15) furnished significantly more responses on the 7th day than before treatment, although there had been no change in the intervening period in the severity of their depression measured by Hamilton depression scale; their clinical state showed a gradual improvement only from the end of the 2nd week. The number of associations obtained from non-responder depressive patients (n = 5) increased only slightly (not significantly). Our preliminary findings suggest that this method could be used to follow changes in the state of depressive patients and to predict their response to anti-depressant pharmacotherapy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)305-309
Number of pages5
Issue number5-6
Publication statusPublished - jan. 1 1985


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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