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Depression

07 December 2010

Depression with psychosis hard to treat

People with depression who also have psychotic-like symptoms, such as hearing voices or believing others are plotting against them, are less likely to respond to antidepressants, a new study finds.

People with depression who also have psychotic-like symptoms, such as hearing voices or believing others are plotting against them, are less likely to respond to antidepressants, a new study finds.

At the start of the study, 1,198 (30%) of the patients said they had experienced at least one psychotic symptom - such as believing they had special powers or were being controlled or plotted against - in the previous six months. These patients were significantly less likely to respond to treatment.

 

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