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Gold Versus Silver: The Issue of Functional Versus Symptomatic Recovery in Depression

J Clin Psychiatry 2000;61(6):447 [letter]

Letter to the Editor

Sir: The BRAINSTORMS article in the April 1999 issue of the Journal by Dr. Stahl emphasizes an important yet frequently neglected aspect of clinical psychiatry, i.e., undertreatment of mood disorders. Like most of his articles, this is a no-nonsense piece highlighting the psychopharmacologic angle, especially from a clinician’s viewpoint. However, the following points are to be considered while appreciating his arguments:
First, the term recovery may be divided into at least 2 categories, i.e., symptomatic and functional.