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A Journal on Psychiatry, Psychology and Psychopharmacology

Official Journal of the Italian Society of Social Psychiatry
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Frequency: Quarterly

ISSN 0374-9320

Online ISSN 1827-1731


Minerva Psichiatrica 2001 September;42(3):231-8


Improvement of depression after minor cranial and neck trauma with SSRI citalopram. A clinical study of 30 cases

Fargione G., Zingale A.

Background. The depression is a common consequence of minor cranial and neck trauma. In this study the effectiveness of citalopram, a SSRI drug in the management of this type of depression, is evaluated.
Methods. Experimental design: a clinical study covering a three months period. Setting: the patients were all outpatients affected by minor cranial and neck post traumatic depression. Patients: 15 males and 15 females with mean age of 37 years old. Intervention: The patients were treated with oral citalopram 20 mg/day for three months and observed clinically with scheduled administration of SASS (Social Adaptation Self-evaluation Scale).
Results. Twernty-eight patients showed good improvement. In two patients the improvement was slight.
Conclusions. The study showed the effectiveness of citalopram in the treatment of posttraumatic depression without severe side effects.

language: Italian


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