AB - Hysteroid dysphoria has been described in outpatient populations and is thought to be a subtype of atypical depression involving rejection sensitivity and therapeutic response to monoamine oxidase inhibitors. The presence of hysteroid dysphoria was assessed, using a semistructured interview, in 18 depressed inpatients. The 6 patients who met the criteria for hysteroid dysphoria did not differ from depressed patients in severity, premorbid adjustment, number of atypical features, or presence of melancholia. Implications for treatment are discussed.
AU – Stone MH
TI – Assessing vulnerability to schizophrenia or manic- depression in borderline states.
SO – Schizophrenia Bulletin 1979;5(1):105-10
AB – In a discussion of the article on genetic determinants of borderline conditions by Siever and Gunderson, a phenotypic continuum between pure schizotypal and pure affective conditions is postulated. Many “borderline” cases are seen as attenuated forms of schizophrenia, schizoaffective psychosis, or manic-depression. A Venn diagram illustrates differences among syndromes described by Gunderson, Kernberg, Spitzer, and Klein (“hysteroid dysphoria”). Evidence is presented suggesting that Gunderson’s borderline syndrome contains more schizotypal individuals than Kernberg’s, whereas hysteroid dysphoria is nearer the affective pole of the continuum. A second diagram illustrates how the strength and nature of the genetic factors vary according to the syndrome.