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Somatoform disorder patients suffer from impaired emotion recognition and other emotional deficits. Emotional empathy refers to the understanding and sharing of emotions of others in social contexts. It is likely that the emotional deficits of somatoform disorder patients are linked to disturbed empathic abilities; however, little is known so far about(More)
OBJECTIVES Somatoform disorder patients demonstrate a disturbance in the balance between internal and external information processing, with a decreased focus on external stimulus processing. We investigated brain activity of somatoform disorder patients, during the processing of rewarding external events, paying particular attention to the effects of(More)
Somatoform disorder patients show a variety of emotional disturbances including impaired emotion recognition and increased empathic distress. In a previous paper, our group showed that several brain regions involved in emotional processing, such as the parahippocampal gyrus and other regions, were less activated in pre-treatment somatoform disorder patients(More)
The aim of this study is to investigate whether there is a difference in the amount of fear of the advancement (progression) and return (relapse) of cancer shown by terminal cancer patients and those in curative therapy. The cohort consists of 291 rehabilitation patients, main diagnoses were colonic/rectal-, breast- and prostate cancer. The patients were(More)
BACKGROUND Obesity is a widespread illness in Western industrialized countries, causing a high financial burden for the health systems. Several studies could demonstrate the positive effects of bariatric surgery on psychological and psychosocial parameters. PATIENTS AND METHODS Twenty patients with morbid obesity (BMI > or =40 kg/m(2)) answered two(More)
OBJECTIVES The study assesses the experience of pregnancy of women who have pregnancy induced hypertension (PIH) compared to women with an uncomplicated course of pregnancy. METHODS 21 women were retrospectively investigated between 5 and 13 months after giving birth via a semistandardised interview focussing on the personal experience of pregnancy. The(More)
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