Gait patterns of depressed patients and normal subjects

Am J Psychiatry. 1982 Jan;139(1):94-7. doi: 10.1176/ajp.139.1.94.


The authors compared the gait patterns of 15 patients with affective disorders with those of 15 normal control subjects. The procedure involved a frame-by-frame analysis of a film of each subject walking at normal speed. Angle measurements were made of the hip and knee at their maximum extension during a single gait cycle (one stride). The results generally support the hypothesis that depressed patients walk with a lifting motion of the leg, whereas normal control subjects propel themselves forward.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Bipolar Disorder / physiopathology
  • Cyclothymic Disorder / physiopathology
  • Depression / physiopathology*
  • Depressive Disorder / physiopathology
  • Female
  • Gait*
  • Humans
  • Leg / physiopathology
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Personality Disorders / physiopathology