Situational major depressive disorder

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1985 Nov;42(11):1109-14. doi: 10.1001/archpsyc.1985.01790340093013.


Fifty-seven patients with situational major depression diagnosed by the Research Diagnostic Criteria were compared with 72 subjects with nonsituational major depression on demographic, clinical, and psychosocial variables. The situational patients tended to be younger and had fewer prior episodes of depression and fewer hospitalizations. No differences were found in categories of life events, in overall clinical picture, in social supports, or in family history.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adjustment Disorders / diagnosis*
  • Adjustment Disorders / psychology
  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Depressive Disorder / diagnosis*
  • Depressive Disorder / psychology
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Female
  • Hospitalization
  • Humans
  • Life Change Events
  • Male
  • Personality Tests
  • Psychiatric Status Rating Scales
  • Recurrence
  • Social Adjustment
  • Social Support