Mario Maj

Mario Maj is an Italian psychiatrist who has been President of the World Psychiatric Association (2008-2011) and of the European Psychiatric Association (2003-2004). He is the founder and Editor of World Psychiatry, the official journal of the World Psychiatric Association, which has a 2015 impact factor of 20.205, ranking no. 1 out of 140 journals in the category “Psychiatry”.[1]

Mario Maj is Chairperson of the Working Group on Mood and Anxiety Disorders and member of the International Advisory Board for the chapter on mental disorders of the International Classification of Diseases, 11th edition (ICD-11), and has been member of the Work Group on Mood Disorders for the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th edition (DSM-5).

As a researcher, Mario Maj is especially known for his contributions in the area of bipolar disorder, including the clinical characterization of rapid cycling,[2] mixed states,[3] and psychotic depression,[4] and the study of the determinants of response to prophylaxis with lithium salts.[5]

He has also produced widely quoted editorials on the concept of psychiatric comorbidity,[6] conflicts of interests in psychiatry,[7] and DSM-IV operational diagnostic criteria for schizophrenia.[8]


  1. "World Psychiatry Impact Factor". 2015 Journal Citation Reports. Web of Science. Thomson Reuters. 2015.
  2. Maj M, Pirozzi R, Formicola AM, Tortorella A. Reliability and validity of four alternative definitions of rapid-cycling bipolar disorder. American Journal of Psychiatry. 1999; 156: 1421-4.
  3. Maj M, Pirozzi R, Magliano L, Bartoli L. Agitated depression in bipolar I disorder: prevalence, phenomenology, and outcome. American Journal of Psychiatry. 2003; 160: 2134-40.
  4. Maj M, Pirozzi R, Magliano L, Fiorillo A, Bartoli L. Phenomenology and prognostic significance of delusions in major depressive disorder: a 10-year prospective follow-up study. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. 2007; 68: 1411-7.
  5. Maj M, Pirozzi R, Magliano L, Bartoli L. Long-term outcome of lithium prophylaxis in bipolar disorder: a 5-year prospective study of 402 patients at a lithium clinic. American Journal of Psychiatry. 1998; 155: 30-5.
  6. Maj M. "Psychiatric comorbidity": an artefact of current diagnostic systems? British Journal of Psychiatry. 2005; 186: 182-4.
  7. Maj M. Non-financial conflicts of interests in psychiatric research and practice. British Journal of Psychiatry. 2008; 193: 91-2.
  8. Maj M. Critique of the DSM-IV operational diagnostic criteria for schizophrenia. British Journal of Psychiatry. 1998; 172: 458-60.
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