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Year : 2001  |  Volume : 43  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 199-205

Psychosocial Correlates of Subsyndromal Symptoms and Functioning of Biplar Patients Stabilized on Prophylactic Lithium

1 Senior Resident, Department of Psychiatry, PGIMER, Chandigarh - 160 012, India
2 Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, PGIMER, Chandigarh - 160 012, India
3 Professor, Department of Psychiatry, PGIMER, Chandigarh - 160 012, India

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D Basu
Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, PGIMER, Chandigarh - 160 012
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Sixty-eight bipolar patients in remission on lithium prophylaxis with adequate serum lithium levels were cross-sectionally studied to assess the relation of certain psychosocial variables (life events, social support and daily hassles) with psychopathology and psychosocial functioning. The daily hassles and number of life events were found to have significant positive correlation with Hamilton Depression Rating Scale (HDRS) scores while perceived social support score had significant negative correlation with general psychopathology score. In stepwise multiple regression analyses, psychosocial variables taken together explained 7% - 23% of variance in psychopathology and global functioning of these patients. We conclude that psychosocial variables may have a modest but significant relation with the clinical and psychosocial functioning of bipolar patients stabilized on lithium prophylaxis.



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