Life events that had occurred in the 6 months before the onset of depression were recorded in 40 depressed patients and 41 normal controls. The depressed patients had experienced significantly more life events and significantly more undesirable life events than the controls. The 20 patients with a DSM-III diagnosed major depressive episode (MDE) without melancholia had experienced significantly more life events in the 6 months before the onset of depression than the 20 patients with a major depressive episode with melancholia. The patients with MDE without melancholia, but not the MDE with melancholia patients, had also experienced significantly more life events than a group of age- and sex-matched normal controls.
- Life events
- Major depressive episode (MDE)
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Clinical Psychology
- Psychiatry and Mental health