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Official Journal of the Italian Society of Social Psychiatry
Indexed/Abstracted in: EMBASE, e-psyche, PsycINFO, Scopus
Online ISSN 1827-1731
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.