Laora D. Brizendine

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OBJECTIVE This study was designed to assess possible antidepressant effects of dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), an abundant adrenocortical hormone in humans. METHOD Twenty-two patients with major depression, either medication-free or on stabilized antidepressant regimens, received either DHEA (maximum dose = 90 mg/day) or placebo for 6 weeks in a(More)
Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) and its sulfate, DHEA-S, are plentiful adrenal steroid hormones that decrease with aging and may have significant neuropsychiatric effects. In this study, six middle-aged and elderly patients with major depression and low basal plasma DHEA f1p4or DHEA-S levels were openly administered DHEA (30-90 mg/d x 4 weeks) in doses(More)
Ketoconazole, an antiglucocorticoid drug, was administered to 10 hypercortisolemic depressed patients for up to 6 weeks. Three patients dropped out because of side effects or intercurrent illness. The remaining seven had significant ketoconazole-associated decreases in serum cortisol levels and in depression ratings. Antiglucocorticoid agents may be useful(More)
Major depressive illness is frequently associated with cortisol hypersecretion. The pathophysiologic significance of this is unknown, although it is possible that hypercortisolemia exacerbates or perpetuates depressive symptoms. In both depression and Cushing's syndrome, certain depressive symptoms are correlated with cortisol levels and, in the latter(More)
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