Alexandra Kaufmann

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BACKGROUND A cross-sectional study was conducted in participants with schizophrenia to explore a potential association between the patients' remission status and neurocognitive functioning and to examine whether these factors have an impact on functional outcome. METHOD Psychopathological symptoms were rated by means of the Positive and Negative Syndrome(More)
Both schizophrenia and bipolar disorder (BD) have consistently been associated with deficits in facial affect recognition (FAR). These impairments have been related to various aspects of social competence and functioning and are relatively stable over time. However, individuals in remission may outperform patients experiencing an acute phase of the(More)
The internal organs of 155 cats originating from 3 different territories in the eastern part of Brandenburg state were examined for parasites between 1993 and 1995. Parasites were found in 85% of cats. Parasites with the highest prevalence were Toxocara mystax (45%), Hydatigera taeniaeformis (22%), Ancylostoma tubaeforme (17%) and Opisthorchis felineus(More)
OBJECTIVE Bipolar disorder is associated with impairments in emotion processing that are present during both mood episodes and periods of remission. In this context, most previous studies have investigated facial emotion recognition abilities. In contrast, the current study focused on the perception of prosodic and semantic affect. METHOD The present(More)
Affect perception has frequently been shown to be impaired in patients suffering from schizophrenia or bipolar disorder (BD), but it remains unclear whether these impairments exist during symptomatic remission and whether the two disorders differ from each other in this regard. Most previous studies have investigated facial affect recognition, but not the(More)
likely caused by quetiapine or the combination of quetiapine with divalproex. This is supported by the temporal improvement in his WBC count and ANC after quetiapine, the proposed offending agent, was stopped. There is also a suggestion that his WBC count was dropping acutely when he was only on quetiapine for 3 days before admission because his WBC count(More)
Previous studies on the relationship between plasma levels of new-generation antipsychotics (NGAs) and clinical response did not account for inter- and intra-individual variability in drug levels. Therefore, the present study calculated the ratio of observed versus expected NGA plasma levels and investigated its relationship with changes in the Positive and(More)
BACKGROUND Nonadherence to medication is still a major problem in the treatment of schizophrenia. The current longitudinal study investigated whether the patients' attitudes toward treatment correlated with the ratio of observed vs expected plasma levels of antipsychotic drugs as an objective measurement of adherence. METHODS Data of patients starting(More)
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