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Toward a Biology of Depression: Some Suggestions from Neurophysiology
P. C. WHYBROW; J. MENDELS
Am J Psychiatry 1969;125:1491-1500.
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Medical Research Council in England

Chief, affective diseases research unit, department of psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania and Veterans Administration Hospital, University and Woodland Ayes., Philadelphia, Pa. 19104

1968-69, American Psychiatric Association

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This review of recent research suggests the existence of an unstable state of central nervous system hyperexcitability in depression, and possibly in mania, with an associated but disorganized intrinsic hyperactivity. The authors propose this concept as a possible description of the prevailing neurophysiologic state of the individual with affective disorder and as complementary to other biological hypotheses currently under investigation. They conclude that the concept warrants further study, noting the need for replication and extension of many of the studies reviewed.

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