Brian Harris

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One hundred and forty-seven mothers were screened for major depression at six to eight weeks post-partum. Using predetermined cut-off points, the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale and the Beck scale were compared in their abilities to identify the 15% of subjects who had major depression according to DSM-III criteria. The sensitivity of Edinburgh scale(More)
Thyroid function was investigated in a group of 21 patients with severe senile dementia of the Alzheimer type (SDAT) and in a group of 17 age and sex matched normal controls. Free thyroid hormone levels (triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4) were measured, as were also the thyrotrophin (TSH), prolactin (PRL) and growth hormone (GH) responses to(More)
The current status of the saliva dexamethasone suppression test (DST) is discussed and results from the literature reviewed. Evidence is presented that demonstrates that the efficacy of the salivary-based test is equal to that of the plasma DST provided that specifically developed radioimmunoassays are used for determination of salivary cortisol. Such(More)
Concentrations of cortisol in saliva and plasma were compared in matched samples during a standard 1 mg dexamethasone suppression test. The study involved 185 routine psychiatric admissions, all of whom were classified according to DSM-III criteria. In a group of 122 matched samples of saliva and plasma, there was a Pearson correlation coefficient of 0.867(More)
BACKGROUND We assessed associations of mood at 5-6 weeks postpartum with peripartum saliva cortisol and progesterone profiles. METHOD A prospective study involved 120 primiparous women free of major marital, socioeconomic and health problems, who collected saliva twice daily from 2 weeks before delivery to day 35 postpartum. This allowed intensive(More)
The incidence of post-natal depression is high, and dramatic changes in steroid hormones and prolactin occur in the post-partum period. In an attempt to correlate these events, 147 mothers, six to eight weeks after delivery of a healthy infant, completed standard psychological tests, including the Edinburgh, Montgomery-Asberg, and Raskin scales. They also(More)
BACKGROUND In view of the current changes in the National Health Service, it was considered an opportune time to review the literature on perinatal psychiatric illness. METHOD A systematic review was undertaken of relevant articles on MEDLINE, ClinPsych and Excerpta Medica Psychiatry. RESULTS Sixty-eight articles were used in the review. CONCLUSIONS(More)
The clinical and biochemical features of postpartum thyroid disease were analysed in 152 antithyroid peroxidase antibody-positive (anti-TPO+ve) women and compared with 239 anti-TPO-ve age-matched control postpartum women. All were assessed monthly for up to 12 months postpartum. Seventy three anti-TPO+ve women developed postpartum thyroiditis (PPT): 19.2%(More)