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BACKGROUND Autonomic nervous system (ANS) dysfunction and reduced heart rate variability (HRV) have been reported in a wide variety of psychiatric disorders, but have not been well characterized in bipolar patients in remission. We recorded cardiac activity and assessed HRV in bipolar outpatients in remission. AIMS Ascertain if ANS decrease with the age(More)
BACKGROUND Suicide is the eighth leading cause of death in adults and the second leading cause of death in the 15- to 24-year-old age group. Suicidal impulses and suicidal behavior result from emotionally unbearable feeling of mental suffering and cognitive narrowing that prevent resolution to experienced stress, that is, in a situation when personal coping(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of our study was to establish the efficacy of CBT on the sample of non-selected medication-resistant patients with OCD and to search for predictors of therapeutic response in such a group. METHODS The treatment was carried out under usual conditions at the department for anxiety disorders. Systematic CBT steps were tailored to the needs(More)
BACKGROUND Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is typically characterized by instability and impaired behaviour, affectivity, interpersonal relations and lifestyle. The most common condition comorbid with BPD is a depressive episode. Depression is associated with severe disturbance of the circadian rhythms. This is apparent in depressive patients with(More)
INTRODUCTION According to recent findings, certain clinical symptoms of patients suffering from affective and anxiety disorder can be related to dissociation. The aim of our study was to examine if the level of dissociation in bipolar affective disorder differed from the level of dissociation in healthy volunteers. METHODS 41 patients suffering from(More)
BACKGROUND Both patients and psychotherapists can experience strong emotional reactions towards each other in what are termed transference and countertransference within therapy. In the first part of this review, we discuss transference issues. Although not usually part of the obvious language of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), examination of the(More)
OBJECTIVE The purpose of this qualitative review is to examine prodromes, precipitants, and risk factors for repeated episodes of mania and depression in bipolar disorder. METHODS PubMed, EMBASE, and PsychInfo were searched for "bipolar disorder" in conjunction with: "prodromes", "triggers", and "life change events". RESULTS Phenomenology and prevalence(More)
BACKGROUND Approximately 30%-60% of patients with neurotic spectrum disorders remain symptomatic despite treatment. Identifying the predictors of good response to psychiatric and psychotherapeutic treatment may be useful for increasing treatment efficacy in neurotic patients. The objective of this study was to investigate the influence of hope, coping(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of our study is to examine if the dissociation, can influence intensity of psychopathology in patients suffering with dissociative disorders compare the level of dissociation of the patients with the data of healthy subjects. METHODS 32 patients suffering with various types of dissociative disorder (9 males and 23 females) and 93 healthy(More)
OBJECTIVE Previous functional brain imaging studies have described various and contradictory activation findings in patients with panic disorder (PD). Our study focused on patients with a chronic PD, who were investigated and treated in a conventional manner, which represents the real PD patients in clinical practice. METHODS Continuing their medication,(More)