An Open-Label Study of SSRI Treatment in Depressed Hispanic and Non-Hispanic Women

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Letter to the Editor

Sir: Symptoms of depression are common across cultures, but the clinical presentation of depression may differ from country to country and, within the same country, differ between ethnic groups. Among Hispanic patients, somatization is a more common presentation of depression than among non-Hispanic patients with major depression, and an increased prevalence of somatic symptoms in Hispanic patients with major depression suggests that they present more frequently at primary care rather than psychiatric facilities. It is reported that Hispanic subjects may be more sensitive to the somatic side effects of pharmacotherapy.

J Clin Psychiatry 1997;58(1):31