Family history in delusional depression

Lawrence H. Price, J. Craig Nelson, Dennis S. Charney, Donald M. Quinlan

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Family psychiatric history was compared in the 472 first-degree relatives of 31 delusional and 35 nondelusional inpatients who met DSM III criteria for major depression with melancholia. Morbid risks for psychiatric illness or for psychiatric treatment variables did not differ between the two groups. Specifically, rates of affective and psychotic illness in families did not distinguish delusional from nondelusional probands. The findings do not support the hypothesis of a genetic relationship of nonaffective psychosis to delusional depression.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)109-114
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Affective Disorders
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1984
Externally publishedYes


  • delusions
  • depression
  • family history
  • melancholia
  • psychiatric treatment


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