Atopic disorders and depression: Findings from a large, population-based study
Livia Sanna, Amanda L Stuart, Julie A Pasco, Felice N Jacka, Michael Berk, Michael Maes, Adrienne O'Neill, Paolo Girardi, Lana J Williams
JOURNAL OF AFFECTIVE DISORDERS | ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV | Published : 2014
BACKGROUND: Atopy, a common disorder characterized by a sensitivity to allergic reactions, affects a large proportion of the adult population and, as with depression, is associated with immune-inflammatory pathway changes. We sought to determine the role of atopic disorders in depression using data from a randomly-selected, population-based study of men and women. METHODS: Cross-sectional data derived from the Geelong Osteoporosis Study for 942 males and 1085 females were analyzed. Depression [major depressive disorder (MDD), minor depression and dysthymia] was assessed using the Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-IV-TR Research Version, Non-patient edition. Data on medical conditions, in..View full abstract
The study was funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) of Australia. The authors acknowledge the men and women who participated in the study.