Amal Abdel-Baki

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OBJECTIVE Recent studies have shown that outcome in mania is worse than previously thought. Such studies have been conducted in selected samples with restrictive measures of outcome. We aimed to explore outcome and its predictors in a catchment area sample of first-episode psychotic mania of DSM-III-R bipolar I disorder. METHODS Prospective 6 and 12(More)
Over the past decade, both clinical and research interest in the early stages of psychotic disorders has grown. This has been associated with research suggesting that early intervention in these disorders may limit their impact on the life of the affected individual and his or her family. It has also been recognized that the biological and psychological(More)
The first episode of a psychotic disorder typically occurs in late adolescence or young adulthood, a critical time of development with respect to personality, social role, education, and vocation. The first few years of psychosis appear to be a critical period during which intervention needs to be initiated before the consequences of psychosis become more(More)
BACKGROUND The validity of a sub-classification of affective psychosis according to the mood congruence of psychotic features has been questioned in the literature. While some authors have found a correlation between such symptoms and outcome, their predictive value was rather limited in these studies. METHOD Prospective study of 108 subjects presenting(More)
Substance use disorders (SUD) in first-episode psychosis (FEP) are highly prevalent and linked with poor outcomes. However, most longitudinal studies investigating their impacts in FEP have not reported proportions of patients who ceased SUD. Our aim was to examine the influence of SUD course on functional and symptomatic outcomes as well as service use in(More)
AIM To assess the feasibility of implementing a 14-week aerobic interval training (AIT) program within a first-episode psychosis (FEP) service and its efficacy in improving metabolic outcomes and cardiorespiratory fitness. METHOD Twenty-five male subjects participated in 30-minute sessions of AIT twice a week. RESULTS Sixteen of 25 subjects completed(More)
OBJECTIVE To present points of agreement and disagreement about antipsychotics. Since the appearance of 2nd generation long-acting antipsychotics (LAA), and given the high frequency of noncompliance with antipsychotics in psychotic disorders, LAAs have attracted more interest in psychiatric literature. However,their use is suboptimal, globally, and is also(More)
OBJECTIVE Different myths about schizophrenia endorsed by clinicians maintain the pessimism about outcome thus reducing chances of improvement. There are no recent North American studies on the long-term outcome of first-episode schizophrenia to clarify if these beliefs are myths or reality. Our study describes the long-term outcome (10 to 16 years) of a(More)
OBJECTIVES The validity of schizoaffective disorder (SA) diagnosis has for long been a matter of controversy and its delineation from bipolar I disorders (BD) has often been questioned. However, most studies have been conducted in chronic samples and have therefore been biased towards patients with poorer outcome, which may have hampered the possibility to(More)
Untreated psychosis causes a lot of suffering and its impact echoes on different aspects of the affected individual's functioning. In city centers, youths presenting early psychosis face additional challenges because many of them live in precarious, unstable conditions and are isolated. Reorganisation of mental health care access and delivery is necessary(More)