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Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1975 Sep;32(9):1121-5.

Total sleep deprivation on endogenous depression.


Ten endogenous depressive patients were deprived of sleep for two whole nights according to the following schedule: sleep/sleep deprivation/sleep/sleep deprivation/sleep. No drugs were administered. Experimental conditions were as neutral as possible. Blind and nonblind ratings were taken. The patients were generally rated as improved after sleep deprivation, but a substantial effect, though temporary with rapid relapse, occurred in only two cases. After subsequent sleep, relapse followed as a rule. The net antidepressive effect of the total procedure was slightly more than nil.

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