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November 1978

Affective Disorders in a US Urban Community: The Use of Research Diagnostic Criteria in an Epidemiological Survey

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.