CHAPTER 8

 

MOOD DISORDERS DUE TO A GENERAL MEDICAL CONDITION OR SUBSTANCE

 

 

 

The diagnosis of the mood disorder as being related to some “organic” factor is presumptive rather than definitive, and is often not certain. Organic mood disorders may involve major depression, bipolar disorder, or dysthymia, and are generally indistinguishable from primary mood disorders.

GENERAL TREATMENT PRINCIPLES

Etiological treatment of the underlying pathology usually does not promptly reverse the affective syndrome, which may persist for weeks or months after recovery from the primary disease. Symptomatic treatment is directed toward the affective syndrome (depression, mania), as well as the physical symptoms of the primary disorder. Treatment of the affective ...

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