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Melancholic subtyping: a qualitative or quantitative distinction?
Am J Psychiatry 1986;143:98-100.
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Melancholic depressed subjects scored significantly higher than did nonmelancholic subjects both on the depressive symptoms used and those not used for melancholic subtyping. The results suggest that DSM-III's melancholic criteria do not identify a qualitatively distinct subgroup, but instead reflect illness severity.

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