The nature of depression in borderline depressed patients

Laura Bellodi, Marco Battaglia, Mariangela Gasperini, Patrizia Scherillo, Viviana Brancato

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The symptomatology of 15 borderline (BDL) depressed and 45 non-BDL depressed consecutive inpatients was assessed using the Hamilton depression scale (HAM-D) and the 90-item Symptoms Checklist (SCL-90) selfrating questionnaire. No significant differences were found in the total scorings of the two instruments in the two groups of patients. However, while non-BDL depressive rated significantly higher in items related to melancholic forms of depression, BDL depressives showed less specific symptoms, and the persistence, or possibly the magnification, of their maladaptive personologic structure. Two discriminant analyses, performed on the ratings at the HAM-D and SCL-90 of the two groups of patients, suggested that although the total degree of severity may be the same, the depressive episodes of BDL patients are qualitatively different from those of patients with less maladaptive personologic traits.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)128-133
Number of pages6
JournalComprehensive Psychiatry
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1992

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Biological Psychiatry
  • Psychology(all)


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