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Keywords

dysthymia, minor depression, subsyndromal depression, subthreshold depression, somatic, vegetative, or atypical depressive symptoms

 

Authors

  1. Brown, Marie-Annette PhD, FNP, FAAN
  2. Shirley, Jamie L. PhD, RN

Abstract

The prevalence and clinical significance of subthreshold forms of depression with sequelae comparable to major depression have been recently described in the literature; however, research on effective treatment is rare. A new intervention program that combines a specific regimen of light, exercise, and vitamins is effective in improving women's mood and overall sense of well-being. This program is well suited to many patients who present with somatic and psychological symptoms consistent with subthreshold depression.