Questionnaire survey on the prescribing practice of Japanese psychiatrists for mood disorders

Akihiko Oshima, Teruhiko Higuchi, Yutaka Fujiwara, Makoto Iida, Akira Iwanami, Shigenobu Kanba, Nobutaka Motohashi, Yosuke Uchitomi, Kazuo Yamada, Shigeto Yamawaki

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The answers to a questionnaire on the practical prescription in mood disorders from 298 Japanese psychiatrists was obtained. As the first-line treatment, a majority of respondents chose newer tricyclic agents (TCA) or non-TCA for moderate depression and older TCA for severe depression both with and without psychotic features. Combination therapy with antidepressants and anxiolytics was fairly popular in moderate depression, while antidepressant/neuroleptic combination was more common in severe psychotic depression. Sulpiride was the most favored drug for dysthymia. Although lithium was the most popular for bipolar mania, respondents were divided on the treatment of bipolar depression.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S67-S72
JournalPsychiatry and clinical neurosciences
Issue numberSUPPL.
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1999
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Neuroscience
  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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