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J Affect Disord. 1990 May;19(1):63-75.

EEG sleep in adolescents with major depression: the role of suicidality and inpatient status.

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Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh, PA.


All night sleep EEG recordings were performed for three consecutive nights in 27 adolescents with a diagnosis of major depressive disorder (MDD) and 30 normal adolescent controls. Group comparisons between the entire MDD group and the normal controls revealed no significant diagnostic group differences for any of the major sleep variables. Analyses within subgroups of MDD adolescents, however, revealed heterogeneity of EEG sleep findings in association with suicidality and inpatient status. The findings of this study suggest that the discrepancies among the EEG sleep studies in adolescent MDD may be accounted for by the relative proportions of inpatients, suicidality, or bipolarity within the MDD sample being studied.

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