Serotonergic function and negative and depressive symptomatology in schizophrenia and major depression.
KM Abel, V O'Keane, RM Murray, AJ Cleare
Psychoneuroendocrinology | Published : 1997
BACKGROUND: Serotonergic abnormalities are found in both major depressive disorder (MDD) and schizophrenia. Depressive symptoms commonly occur alongside the negative or defect symptoms in schizophrenia and antiserotonergic drugs may be particularly effective in their treatment. We wished to explore whether these symptoms could be distinguished biologically by directly comparing serotonergic function in these two illnesses. METHOD: Fifteen patients with MDD and 13 patients with schizophrenia underwent testing with the specific serotonin releasing agent D-fenfluramine (D-FEN). Prolactin and cortisol responses were measured to ascertain central serotonergic function. Individual patient results ..View full abstract