Depression following acute spinal cord injury


Nine patients meeting the DSM-111 criteria for major depressive episode were identified among 84 consecutive admissions to the Spinal Injuries Unit of the Austin Hospital. All were successfully treated with antidepressants. The means of recognition of depression, the differentiation of a depressive illness from grief and the implications for rehabilitation are discussed.


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Judd, F., Burrows, G. & Brown, D. Depression following acute spinal cord injury. Spinal Cord 24, 358–363 (1986).

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  • Spinal injury
  • Depressive illness
  • Antidepressants

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