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Am J Psychiatry. 1983 Nov;140(11):1498-1500.

Depressive episodes in patients with multiple sclerosis.


Thirty multiple sclerosis patients were assessed: 15 with predominantly cerebral involvement of their demyelinating disease and 15 with predominantly spinal cord and cerebellar involvement. The groups were matched with regard to age, duration of illness, and Kurtzke disability scores. Assessment included neuropsychological testing, the Beck Depression Inventory, and a psychiatric interview patterned after the Schedule for Affective Disorders and Schizophrenia. A group of normal volunteers served as controls for the neuropsychological testing. There were significantly more major depressive episodes in the cerebral group, as assessed by the patients' histories and by interview, and there was a trend toward more depressive symptoms in this group, as measured by the Beck inventory.

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