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OBJECTIVES Recurrent depression predicts risk for subsequent episodes, but it is unclear how it relates to demographic features, course of illness, and clinical presentation. METHODS We report on the baseline data for the first 1500 patients enrolled in the Sequenced Treatment Alternatives to Relieve Depression (STAR*D) study (www.star-d.org). Patients(More)
Despite the superior side effect profile of the newer antidepressants over the tricyclics and monoamine oxidase inhibitors, all newer antidepressants are associated with a wide array of side effects. Clinicians are constantly confronted with the challenge of managing these side effects in the context of minimal research to prove one management strategy is(More)
BACKGROUND Due to their favorable side-effect profile, atypical antipsychotic agents offer important therapeutic advantages in mood disorders. Ziprasidone, an atypical antipsychotic agent with strong 5-HT(1A) agonist activity, may be particularly useful when used in conjunction with standard antidepressants in treatment-resistant depression. The purpose of(More)
Even after optimal treatment with and response to antidepressant medications during acute treatment of major depressive disorder, residual symptoms are common. Patients with residual symptoms are at increased risk of relapse and recurrence. Research suggests that psychotherapy may play an important role in enhancing the effects of antidepressant drug(More)
OBJECTIVE In the present study, we assessed the relationship between serum folate, vitamin B12, and homocysteine levels and clinical response in patients with major depressive disorder (MDD) who had previously failed to respond to open treatment with fluoxetine 20 mg/day and were enrolled in a 4-week, double-blind trial of either (1) fluoxetine dose(More)
Major depressive disorder is a chronic disorder, frequently characterized by relapses and recurrences. One of the major risk factors for additional episodes of depression is the presence of residual symptoms that persist after a depressive episode ends; these residual symptoms tend to progress to another depressive episode. Although relapse or recurrence(More)
BACKGROUND Treatment resistant depression (TRD) continues to present a formidable challenge to clinicians, accounts for over half of the annual costs associated with treatment for depression and causes great frustration to patients. Although there have been studies attempting to define TRD, little information is available as to the cause of TRD. One(More)
CONTEXT Pattern analysis suggests that "true" drug response is characterized by clinical improvement that is not subsequently followed by a worsening of symptoms (sustained clinical response). To date, several reports demonstrate that early response rates are equivalent between antidepressant-treated and placebo-treated groups of patients with major(More)
OBJECTIVE In the present study, we assessed the relationship between serum folate, vitamin B12, and homocysteine levels on the rate of relapse in outpatients with remitted major depressive disorder (MDD) during a 28-week continuation phase of treatment with fluoxetine. METHOD Seventy-one outpatients (mean +/- SD age = 40.2 +/- 11.1 years; 56.3% women)(More)
According to the DSM-IV classification, a diagnosis of Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) is possible only when there is evidence of significant inference with functioning. However, despite the high prevalence of MDD in the general population, it is uncommon for clinicians to assess overall functioning in a systematic way before making such diagnosis. An(More)