Early treatment time course of depressive symptoms in opiate addicts

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Self-reported depressive symptoms of opiate addicts were assessed at admission to a methadone treatment program and weekly during the first 4 treatment weeks using the Beck Depression Inventory. A significant decline in scores was found to occur with the first follow-up evaluation done 7 days after admission, with scores remaining stable over subsequent weeks. The study suggests that a more accurate assessment of psychiatric symptoms may be obtained by waiting 1 to 2 weeks after treatment entry as compared with admission assessments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)215-221
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Nervous and Mental Disease
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1991

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  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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