The authors present a framework that classifies “medical depressive syndromes” according to three critical variables: nature of the medical illness, integrity of brain structure, and status of cognition/memory. They propose that this construct initially be applied to study organic affective syndrome, regarded by them as the most straightforward of the medical depressive syndromes. Assignment of groups of patients to the appropriate cells of the model may help to clarify differences in the natural course and treatment responsiveness of these disorders.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||4|
|State||Published - 1987|