Alain Desage

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BACKGROUND DSM-IV criteria for mixed states may be too restrictive and may actually exclude patients who do not meet the full criteria for a manic and depressive state. Using this DSM-IV definition, many patients who are considered depressed may have mixed features, which can explain why some bipolar depressive states can worsen with antidepressants and can(More)
BACKGROUND There is a growing body of evidence that patients with early psychosis have undesirable pathways to care, yet few studies have explored the factors related to compulsory admission in patients with psychosis. The aim of the present study was to examine the demographic and clinical factors and pathways to care influencing compulsory admission in(More)
BACKGROUND A limited number of studies have assessed the pathways to care of patients with first-episode psychosis. The aim of the study was to describe the pathways to care of subjects with psychosis between onset of psychosis and first admission, and to examine the demographic and clinical factors influencing access to care. METHOD Number and type of(More)
To better explore the clinical heterogeneity of bipolar mood states, we developed a dimensional scale for assessing all mood episodes (depressive, hypomanic, manic, mixed states) using the same tool. The Multidimensional Assessment of Thymic States (MATHYS) (Henry et al., 2008) provides two scores, a total score measuring a level of activation and a(More)
Despite its obvious importance in mood disorders, characterization of emotional reactivity has been neglected in bipolar disorders. Concerning manic states and the current classification, the main criterion is the presence of an elevated or expansive mood. In contrast to this characteristic and often prolonged mood state, emotional reactivity refers to a(More)
OBJECTIVE To explore the pattern of health service utilization over 2 years following a first admission for psychosis and the baseline characteristics predicting readmission. METHOD Patients included in a cohort of first-admitted subjects with psychosis (n = 84) were assessed at the end of a 2-year follow-up using multiple sources of information. (More)
The heterogeneity of mood states in bipolar disorders leads to some confusion in diagnostic and therapeutic strategies. Apart from the classical syndromes characterizing euphoric mania and melancholic depression, recent literature has pointed to alternative mood states associating both manic and depressive symptoms. This resulted in the definition of(More)
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