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The validity of the severity-psychosis hypothesis in depression

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BACKGROUND: Psychotic depression (PD) is classified as a subtype of severe depression in the current diagnostic manuals. Accordingly, it is a common conception among psychiatrists that psychotic features in depression arise as a consequence of depressive severity. The aim of this study was to determine whether the severity of depressive and psychotic symptoms correlate in accordance with this "severity-psychosis" hypothesis and to detect potential differences in the clinical features of PD and non-psychotic depression (non-PD). METHODS: Quantitative analysis of Health of the Nation Outcome Scales (HoNOS) scores from all patients admitted to a Danish general psychiatric hospital due to a severe depressive episode in the period between 2000 and 2010 was performed. RESULTS: A total of 357 patients with severe depression, of which 125 (35%) were of the psychotic subtype, formed the study sample. Mean HoNOS scores at admission differed significantly between patients with non-PD and PD on the items hallucinations and delusions (non-PD=0.33 vs. PD=1.37, p
TidsskriftJournal of Affective Disorders
Sider (fra-til)48-56
Antal sider9
StatusUdgivet - 2012

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