Neurotic depressions: A systematic analysis of multiple criteria and meanings Academic Article uri icon

Overview

MeSH Major

  • Adjustment Disorders
  • Terminology as Topic

abstract

  • Neurotic depression, the most commonly used psychiatric diagnosis, has multiple meanings that are often used interchangeably in clinical practice. The authors identify six different meanings of neurotic depression and present data from a study of 90 depressed inpatients to determine how many patients met several different criteria; 16 patients met four sets of criteria. The overlap that exists between the different meanings is higher than chance alone but not sufficiently high to allow complete interchangeability. Until new diagnostic classes are developed, the authors recommend that the term "neurotic depression" no longer be used clinically because of its vagueness.

publication date

  • January 1979

Research

keywords

  • Academic Article

Identity

Language

  • eng

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1176/ajp.136.1.57

PubMed ID

  • 758829

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 57

end page

  • 61

volume

  • 136

number

  • 1