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Complement factor: Neuropsychobiology 2000, Vol. forty two, Suppl. 1
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GAF = Global Assessment of Functioning Scale; SDS = Self-Rating Depression Scale; MADRS = Montgomery-Asberg Depression Scale; BPRS = Brief Psychiatric Rating Scale; STAIX1 = State-Trait-Anxiety Inventory. the development of depressive and suicidal syndromes . Antidepressants were shown to be sometimes helpful in the treatment of depressive syndromes associated with IFN-·  and may save patients from the necessary discontinuation of therapy. But it is not yet known if antidepressants may have a protective effect and if retreatment with IFN-· is possible in psychiatric patients who developed severe depressive side effects during earlier IFN-· treatment.
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Martin Schäfer Department of Psychiatry, Ludwig-Maximilians-University of Munich Nussbaumstrasse 7, D–80336 Munich (Germany) Tel. de Fig. 1. Psychiatric rating scales during treatment with IFN-· and ribavirin. GAF = Global Assessment of Functioning Scale; SDS = Self-Rating Depression Scale; MADRS = Montgomery-Asberg Depression Scale; BPRS = Brief Psychiatric Rating Scale; STAIX1 = State-Trait-Anxiety Inventory. the development of depressive and suicidal syndromes . Antidepressants were shown to be sometimes helpful in the treatment of depressive syndromes associated with IFN-·  and may save patients from the necessary discontinuation of therapy.
Bipolar Illnesses: New Ways of Treatment (Stanley Symposium, Munich, October 1999 (Neuropsychobiology)) by J. Walden, H. Grunze