Diagnostic significance of vegetative symptoms in depression.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

The diagnostic importance of vegetative symptoms for melancholia was examined through DSM-III, the Newcastle Scale, and Extracted Criteria for melancholia. Statistically significant differences were diagnostically unimpressive in the case of DSM-III and the Newcastle criteria. With the Extracted Criteria, initial insomnia, early waking, anorexia, weight loss, loss of libido, and worsened mood in the morning were all significantly more common in melancholia than in non-melancholic depression, while increased appetite was more common in non-melancholia. Only diurnal variation of mood (worse in the morning) showed predictive value for melancholia; whereas the other traditional vegetative symptoms (disturbed sleep, weight, and libido) did not. Increased appetite and diurnal variation of mood (worse in the evening) were predictive for non-melancholia.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Davidson, J; Turnbull, CD

Published Date

  • April 1986

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 148 /

Start / End Page

  • 442 - 446

PubMed ID

  • 3730711

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0007-1250

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1192/bjp.148.4.442


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England