Rain with chances of a thunderstorm : on the role of anger in depression

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Rain with chances of a thunderstorm : on the role of anger in depression

Title: Rain with chances of a thunderstorm : on the role of anger in depression
Author: Verhoeven, Floortje Elisabeth
Publisher: Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences, Leiden University
Issue Date: 2014-11-06
Keywords: Depression
Abstract: Since heterogeneity in depressed patients makes treatment decisions difficult and treatment often unsuccessful, we seek to identify certain subtypes of depression. 30 to 40% of depressed patients have anger regulation problems; from irritability to anger attacks. What is the significance of anger in depression? Does it signify a subtype of depression? In the NESDA cohort, we compared a large sample of currently depressed patients with irritability to currently depressed patients without irritability. Irritable depressed patients had more symptoms of depression, more often had comorbid anxiety and had more often attempted suicide than non-irritable depressed patients. In a student sample, we investigated the role of the MAOA genotype and found that women with the high expression variant are possibly more vulnerable to anger or aggression during depression. Using acute tryptophan depletion we temporarily lowered serotonin in remitted depressed patients with and without anger regulation problems during their depression. We found no cognitive differences between the two groups, but the experiment did show us that depressed patients with anger regulation problems may be more serotonergically vulnerable. Further research is needed to elucidate best suited treatment strategies for anger regulation problems in depression
Description: Promotor: A.J.W. van der Does, Co-promotor: L. Booij
With summary in Dutch
Faculty: Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen
Citation: Verhoeven, F.E., 2014, Doctoral thesis, Leiden University
ISBN: 9789053359402
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/29603

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