Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

Post-MI Depression Severity Appears to Stabilize after 6 Months

Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

Post-MI Depression Severity Appears to Stabilize after 6 Months

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DENVER -- Depression that occurred in adults after acute myocardial infarction decreased in severity during the first 6 months after the cardiac event, but then stabilized over the next several years, Kenneth E. Freedland, Ph.D., reported in a poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychosomatic Society.

Dr. Freedland, a member of the psychiatry department at Washington University, St. Louis, and his colleagues reviewed data on 1,086 adults who were randomized to the usual care arm of the Enhancing Recovery in Coronary Heart Disease (ENRICHD) study, a multicenter trial sponsored by the National Institutes of Health that was designed to evaluate depression interventions in MI patients.

The patients' mean age was 43 years, 44% were female, and 35% were minorities. In addition, 55% were high school graduates, 19% were college graduates, and 26% had less than a high school education. About 60% of the patients had a history of major depression before the MI.

The patients completed a Beck Depression Inventory (BDI) at the start of the study, and again at 6-month intervals for an average follow-up period of 26 months. …

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