Agitated depression: a valid depression subtype?
ABSTRACT The diagnostic validity of agitated depression (AD, a major depressive episode (MDE) with psychomotor agitation) is unclear. It is not classified in DSM-IV and ICD-10 classification of mental and behavioural disorder (ICD-10). Some data support its subtyping. This study aims to test the subtyping of AD.
Consecutive 245 bipolar-II (BP-II) and 189 major depressive disorder (MDD) non-tertiary-care MDE outpatients were interviewed (off psychoactive drugs) with Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-IV Axis I Disorders--Clinician Version (SCID-CV), Hypomania Interview Guide (HIGH-C), and Family History Screen. Intra-MDE hypomanic symptoms were systematically assessed. AD was defined as an MDE with psychomotor agitation. Mixed AD was defined as an MDE with four or more hypomanic symptoms (including agitation).
AD was present in 34.7% of patients. AD was mixed in 70.1% of AD patients. AD, vs. non-AD, had significantly (at alpha = 0.05) lower age at onset, more BP-II, females, atypical depressions, bipolar-I (BP-I) and BP-II family history, and was more mixed; racing/crowded thoughts, irritability, more talkativeness, and risky behaviour were significantly more common. Mixed AD, vs. non-AD, had significantly (at alpha = 0.01) lower age at onset, more intra-MDE hypomanic symptoms, BP-II, females, atypical depressions, BP-II family history, and specific hypomanic symptoms (distractibility, racing thoughts, irritable mood, more talkativeness, risky activities). Mixed AD, vs. non-mixed AD, had significantly more intra-MDE hypomanic symptoms (by definition), more recurrences, and more specific hypomanic symptoms (by definition). Non-mixed AD, vs. non-AD, had significantly more intra-MDE hypomanic symptoms and more talkativeness.
AD was common in non-tertiary-care depression outpatients, supporting its diagnostic utility. AD and many bipolar diagnostic validators were associated, supporting its link with the bipolar spectrum. Mixed AD, but not non-mixed AD, had differences vs. non-AD similar to those of AD, suggesting that psychomotor agitation by itself may not be enough to identify AD as a subtype. Findings seem to support the subtyping of mixed AD. This subtyping may have important treatment impact, as antidepressants alone might increase agitation.
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ABSTRACT: Bipolar II disorder is officially recognized as a mental disorder in DSM-IV-TR and defined by the presence of hypomanic episodes alternating with major depression. Despite data supporting clinical complexity and high morbidity and mortality rates, BP-II disorder is often overlooked or misdiagnosed as unipolar major depression or personality disorder. Moreover, many clinicians still regard it as a milder form of manic-depressive illness. These unsolved problems propose to investigate hypomania prevalence rates in resistant and recurrent depressions, at a large national scale, by means of three large surveys (Bipolact Surveys) carried out in both psychiatric and primary care settings. This research is a part of a national project for medical education on bipolar disorders established in September 2004. Screening of hypomania was done by self-assessment with the hypomania checklist HCL-20; hypomania cases were defined by a score greater or equal to 10 on the HCL-20. Inter-group comparisons (BP-II versus unipolar depression) and multiple logistic regression analyses were conducted on all demographic and clinical factors obtained. Data obtained in the “real world” medical practice (in total, 623 physicians and 2396 patients with major depression) revealed a high rate of hypomania around 62% in both recurrent depression samples (primary care and psychiatric settings) and 55% in resistant major depression. Additionally, the inter-group comparative data allowed drawing the BP-II disorder profile by selecting the most significant differences versus unipolars. “Ups and Downs” (cyclothymic traits) represented the most important and common (in all three different logistic models) risk factor of hypomania. In recurrent major depression, “ups and downs” seemed to act independently from another important risk factor, i.e. “family history of bipolarity”. “Mood switching” was the major risk factor for hypomania in patients with resistant depression; further risk factors were “substance abuse”, “young age of onset”, “agitated – mixed – atypical forms of depression”. These factors are meaningful at clinical and phenomenological levels, and can validate the dimensional approach of hypomania and the cut-off score on the HCL-20.Annales Médico-psychologiques revue psychiatrique 02/2009; 167(1):30-37. DOI:10.1016/j.amp.2008.11.016 · 0.15 Impact Factor
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