Alexia Emilia Koukopoulos

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The extensive use of antidepressant drugs in the treatment of all forms of depression makes the question of the real nature of agitated depression a crucial issue because many patients have adverse outcomes, including increased agitation, increased insomnia, increased risk of suicide, and sometimes the onset of psychotic symptoms. Agitated depression is no(More)
A 69-year-old man presented with Cotard's delusions, insomnia, profound depression, amnesia, difficulty concentrating, and cognitive deficit after two different surgical interventions. Brain imaging showed frontotemporal-subcortical atrophy and lateral ventricular enlargement. He responded poorly to a combination of sertraline, amisulpride and mirtazapine,(More)
OBJECTIVE The risks of major affective episodes during pregnancy and during the postpartum period have rarely been compared in large samples across diagnoses. The authors hypothesized that perinatal episodes would mainly be depressive, would occur more in the postpartum than the prenatal period, and would be more prevalent with bipolar than unipolar(More)
AIMS The aim of this study was to identify predictors of completed suicide in a wide sample of psychiatric inpatients receiving retrospective and prospective DSM-IV diagnoses. METHODS We followed up 4441 severe psychiatric patients who were hospitalized for some time during a 35-year period in a private hospital setting. We collected sociodemographic,(More)
Anticonvulsants are considered first-line treatments for epilepsy, and some also exert useful effects as mood stabilizers for the treatment of bipolar (manic-depressive) disorder. Much of the research on anticonvulsant use during pregnancy has been done by neurologists studying women with epilepsy. Anticonvulsant use during pregnancy is associated with(More)
OBJECTIVES To review the evidence of the involvement of the Wnt signalling pathway in mood disorders and in the action of drugs used to treat these disorders. METHODS We performed a careful PubMed search using as keywords all possible terms relevant to the Wnt pathway and crossing them with each of four areas, i.e., developmental effects, behavioural(More)
For a period of six months (april to october 1990) 361 manic-depressive in-patients or out-patients were examined and treated. 178 patients (119 females and 69 males) were suffering from depression at examination time. Among them, 34 women and 11 men had mixed mood disorders with a symptomatology near that of typical depression (major depression, according(More)
This paper focuses on the clinical importance of affective mixed states with special attention given to agitated depression, which has lost its status as a mixed state in the DSM and ICD systems. Following a historical review of the topic, the psychopathological elements are examined. Psychic and motor agitation are considered equally important for the(More)
OBJECTIVES Prognosis of comorbid bipolar disorder (BD) and drug abuse is poor. We assessed the efficacy of olanzapine in manic or mixed BD patients, with (SUD) or without (N-SUD) comorbidity with substance use disorder (SUD) and its effect on drug abuse, days of abuse, and craving. METHODS Eighty patients with BD-I (40 SUD) were hospitalized for a manic(More)