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J Neuropsychiatry Clin Neurosci. 1989 Fall;1(4):398-400.

Causes of organic mood disorder.

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  • 1Department of Psychiatry, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD 20814-4799.


A retrospective review of the records of 755 patients seen by a psychiatric consultation-liaison service in a general hospital was performed. The authors found that 87% of manic patients and 38% of depressed patients had a diagnosis of organic mood disorder. The most frequent precipitants of mania were corticosteroids, human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection, and temporolimbic epilepsy. The most frequent precipitants of depression were stroke, Parkinson's disease, and HIV infection.

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