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OBJECTIVE As coping responses have the capacity to distinctly influence the illness course in affective disorders, they form targets for psychological intervention. Beneficial effects have been reported for interventions incorporating adaptive coping in bipolar disorder. Identification of differential coping preferences in bipolar disorder sub-types has(More)
BACKGROUND As melancholia has resisted symptom-based definition, this report considers possible explanations and options for moving forward. Clinician-assigned melancholic and non-melancholic groups were initially compared to refine a candidate set of differentiating symptoms alone for examination against a set of non-clinical validators. Analyses then(More)
OBJECTIVE While Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) have been positioned as first-line evidence-based treatments for depression, we suggest that limitations to the 'evidence' deserve wider appreciation. METHOD A systematic literature search was undertaken, and limitations to the evidence base discussed. RESULTS The review(More)
Nurses provide health services to an increasing number of older adults in acute care settings. Acute care nurses are committed to giving patients the highest quality care while recognizing the importance of delivering care in a cost-effective manner. In this study, a unit-based, nurse-centered geriatric program is evaluated. The program is designed to(More)
Current diagnostic criteria define bipolar I (BP I) and bipolar II (BP II) disorders as distinct conditions, differing only slightly by clinical features. This review seeks to identify commonalities and differentiating features across the two sub-types, and emphasize that differences in causes and treatments are likely to be highly dependent on the(More)
BACKGROUND There is limited research examining temperament and personality in bipolar II disorder. We sought to determine any over-represented temperament and personality features in bipolar II disorder compared to other affective groups. METHOD Scores on a self-report measure of temperament and personality were examined in a sample of 443 participants(More)
BACKGROUND Our objective was to further determine the diagnostic utility of the Mood Swings Survey (MSS) in distinguishing bipolar and unipolar disorders, and draw comparisons between this measure and the widely-used Mood Disorder Questionnaire (MDQ). METHODS A total of 247 consecutively recruited patients attending the Black Dog Institute Depression(More)
PURPOSE OF REVIEW Differentiating bipolar II disorder (BP II) from borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a common diagnostic dilemma. The purpose of this review is to focus on recent studies that have considered clinical differences between the conditions including family history, phenomenology, longitudinal course, comorbidity and treatment response,(More)
BACKGROUND Melancholic depression appears to have a later age of onset than the non-melancholic disorders, and its phenotypic picture also appears to change with age. The latter phenomenon allows clarification of key symptoms of melancholia by examining for age effects on putative melancholic symptoms, thus enabling identification and refinement of the(More)
The Mood Assessment Program (MAP) is a computerised assessment and diagnostic program developed at the Black Dog Institute, Sydney, to assist with diagnostic subtyping and management of mood disorders. MAP decision rules capture the applied research, informed by clinical expertise, that has been undertaken over the past two decades. Preliminary validation(More)