A case history analysis of the “manic type” and the “melancholic type” of premorbid personality in affectively ill patients

  • J. Pössl
  • D. von Zerssen
Original Articles

DOI: 10.1007/BF01734540

Cite this article as:
Pössl, J. & von Zerssen, D. Eur Arch Psychiatr Neurol Sci (1990) 239: 347. doi:10.1007/BF01734540


The use of case histories in examining the premorbid personality of affectively ill patients is especially useful in the case of patients with a predominantly manic course of the disorder, because this kind of affective illness is very rare. The concept of the “manic type” of premorbid personality is described in detail and contrasted with the concept of the “melancholic type” often found in patients with a purely depressive course of the illness.

Key words

Premorbid personality Unipolar depression Bipolar disorder Affective illness Case history analysis “Manic type” “Melancholic type” 

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© Springer-Verlag 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Pössl
    • 1
  • D. von Zerssen
    • 1
  1. 1.Max-Planck-Institut für PsychiatrieMünchen 40Germany

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