Andrea Topitz

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Based on recent quantitative EEG findings of increased slow activity in negative schizophrenia indicating organicity, it was hypothesized that neuroleptics decreasing delta/theta activity should be beneficial for schizophrenics with predominantly negative symptoms. Thus, a double-blind, clinical, psychometric and neurophysiological study was carried out in(More)
This study is based on 20 healthy volunteers (10 males and 10 females). Between 675 and 1,225 mg lithium carbonate per day was applied for 10 days. EEG was recorded before (day 0) and after lithium intake (day 10) with 19 electrodes and quantified by spectrum analyses. Absolute power and coherence values, between adjacent electrodes and between electrodes(More)
The authors investigated smooth pursuit eye movements (SPEMs) in 66 schizophrenic and 40 major affective patients and 39 healthy controls. The results showed significant differences of both patient groups as compared to the controls. Schizophrenics with neuroleptic treatment in the preceding 2 years were significantly more disturbed than the controls, the(More)
The premorbid psychosocial adjustment of 28 schizophrenic criminal offenders, 23 non-criminal-offender schizophrenics (ICD-9) and 14 nonpsychotic criminals was compared by means of the Premorbid Adjustment Scale (PAS). The schizophrenic groups did not differ regarding age, marital status, diagnostic subgroup or length of illness. PAS scores showed highly(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to investigate the frequency of pain symptoms reported by patients of non-psychiatric hospital departments and to explore their association with affective and anxiety disorders. METHODS Patients of non-psychiatric hospital departments (n = 290) reported pain symptoms by filling in a self-rating questionnaire.(More)
PURPOSE The purpose of this study is to compare the prevalence of depression among different types of hospital departments. Furthermore, it compares different methods for assessment of its recognition by non-psychiatric physicians. METHODS 993 inpatients of internal, surgical, gynecological and physical rehabilitation wards of community hospitals were(More)
The refugee movements of the recent years are confronting the health care with new challenges. However, it has turned out that in Austria data on the mental health of migrants are nearly not available. Especially data on the frequency and patterns of comorbid substance abuse of migrants with mental disorders do not exist even from international studies. We(More)
To follow up the status and further outcome of patients with recurrent affective and schizoaffective disorders treated in a lithium/prophylactic treatment outpatient (LOP) clinic the authors have developed a documentation system based on a database, which ASCII files. This system should be useful as a basis for optimal treatment and is helpful for special(More)
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