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August 24, 1979

The Myth of Involutional Melancholia

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Psychiatry and Epidemiology, Yale University School of Medicine, and Depression Research Unit, Connecticut Mental Health Center, New Haven.

JAMA. 1979;242(8):742-744. doi:10.1001/jama.1979.03300080040023
Abstract

Depressions occurring in the menopausal years do not fit the description in the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, edition 2. Depressed patients who are in the menopausal years do not have a distinct symptom pattern, an absence of previous episodes, or an absence of life-stress precipitants. The evidence thus far supports the decision to exclude involutional melancholia, as currently defined, from the forthcoming Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, edition 3.

(JAMA 242:742-744, 1979)

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