The Affective Disorders
In the previous chapter, a major problem in attempting international comparisons was the large number of apparently discrete categories of acute psychosis which had received separate diagnostic labels in the past, categories which were often recognized only by particular national schools. In the present chapter an overabundance of psychiatric terms is no problem, since the terms melancholia, depression, and mania have a long and relatively stable history; but the opposite problem arises since the first two of these have been overinclusive and psychiatry is still not agreed on how to subdivide them in a logical fashion, while the differential diagnosis of mania depends greatly on precision of observation.
KeywordsDepressive Symptom Affective Disorder Suicide Rate Seventeenth Century Mental Hospital
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