Alexia Emilia Koukopoulos

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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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
Interferon-ß is used in patients with multiple sclerosis to reduce autoimmunity; although other psychiatric side-effects are common, in contrast to interferon-alpha, psychosis has been reported only once. A patient with multiple sclerosis developed auditory hallucinations, paranoid delusions, and increased aggressiveness after 16 months of treatment with(More)
In this special issue dedicated to Falret and the French contributions to the concept of cyclicity in manic depressive illness, we begin with a historical overview of the development of the concept of cyclicity and its fundamental significance in manic-depressive illness and we underscore how the concept fell into neglect only to reemerge in recent years.(More)