We compared unipolar depressed patients (n=31) with controls (n=38) for their responses to the thyrotropin releasing hormone (TRH) test. Depressed patients showed significantly smaller thyrotropin stimulating hormone (TSH) responses to TRH which correlated negatively with post-dexamethasone plasma cortisol levels. Depressed patients also showed significant negative correlations between Δmax TSH and urinary outputs of norepinephrine and normetanephrine with similar trends with plasma levels of norepinephrine and 3-methoxy-4-hydroxyphenylglycol. Patients who showed a blunted TSH response, compared with those who did not, had significantly lower platelet serotonin uptake values. These results suggest that the blunted TSH response to TRH seen in depression may be associated with dysregulation of the cortisol, noradrenergic and serotonin systems.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica|
|State||Published - 1988|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Psychiatry and Mental health