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Definition of depression is questionable

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6989.1267 (Published 13 May 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:1267
  1. Jogin H Thakore
  1. Lecturer in psychological medicine Department of Psychological Medicine, St Bartholomew's Hospital, London EC1A 7BE

    EDITOR,—Mynors-Wallis and colleagues claim that problem solving treatment and amitriptyline are equally effective in major depressive disorder.1 Even though they required their patients to meet the research diagnostic criteria for depression, just how severely depressed they were comes into question. To be eligible to take part in the study patients had to score just 13 on the Hamilton …

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