The prognosis of primary depressive illness. Its relationship to the dexamethasone suppression test

Br J Psychiatry. 1987 Jun:150:787-90. doi: 10.1192/bjp.150.6.787.


We followed up 30 recovered depressives for an average of 2 years. At 18 months, despite prophylactic medication, 30% had relapsed. Persistent DST suppression during the index illness was found to be a predictor of good prognosis.

MeSH terms

  • Adrenal Cortex Function Tests
  • Depression, Chemical
  • Depressive Disorder / diagnosis*
  • Dexamethasone
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Prognosis


  • Dexamethasone