The Emergency Treatment of Depression Complicated by Psychosis or Agitation

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With the availability of newer, safer antidepressants in the past decade, initiation of definitive treatment for depression in the emergency setting has become an accepted practice. However, the use of newer antidepressants and atypical antipsychotics in depression complicated by psychosis or agitation has not yet been well studied. This article will review relevant data and make recommendations for the emergency management of psychotic and agitated depressive syndromes.

J Clin Psychiatry 2000;61(suppl 14):43-48