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November 1978

Affective Disorders in a US Urban CommunityThe Use of Research Diagnostic Criteria in an Epidemiological Survey

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Psychiatry and Epidemiology, Yale University School of Medicine, and the Depression Research Unit Connecticut Mental Health Center (Dr Weissman); and the Department of Sociology, Yale University, New Haven, Conn (Dr Myers).

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1978;35(11):1304-1311. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1978.01770350030002

• The current point and lifetime prevalence rates of affective disorders, based on the application of Research Diagnostic Criteria to a US urban community sample, are reported. The affective disorders studied included major and minor depression, mania, hypomania, bipolar I and II, primary and secondary depression, schizo-affective disorder, depressive and cyclothymic personality, and grief reactions. Epidemiologic surveys that include treated and untreated persons to obtain rates of specific psychiatric disorders are needed for scientific purposes and health care planning.