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This study examines the link between duration of depression before treatment is introduced and the duration of depressive illness after treatment in a population of 59 female psychiatric inpatients. Most women were suffering with severe depression and the majority had had previous depressive illnesses. Calculation of the rank order correlation coefficient demonstrated no significant correlation between the duration of depression before initiation of treatment and the duration after treatment was introduced. This finding is discussed in relation to other relevant studies.

Original publication




Journal article


J Affect Disord

Publication Date





89 - 92


Adult, Aged, Antidepressive Agents, Antidepressive Agents, Tricyclic, Combined Modality Therapy, Depressive Disorder, Drug Therapy, Combination, Electroconvulsive Therapy, Female, Follow-Up Studies, Humans, Lithium Carbonate, Mianserin, Middle Aged, Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors, Patient Admission, Personality Inventory, Time Factors, Treatment Outcome