Athanasios I Douzenis

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BACKGROUND The Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS) has been used in several languages to assess anxiety and depression in general hospital patients with good results. METHODS The HADS was administered to 521 participants (275 controls and 246 inpatients and outpatients of the Internal Medicine and Surgical Departments in 'Attikon' General(More)
OBJECTIVE   Seasonal variation of deaths by suicide offers an important pathway in the study of possible suicide determinants of suicide and consequently suicide prevention. METHOD   We conducted a review of the literature on suicide seasonality, assessing articles published between 1979 and 2009. RESULTS   The majority of the studies confirm a peak in(More)
The aim of the study was to ascertain suicide seasonality in the Greek population and to associate this seasonal variation with age, sex, and suicide method. Studying seasonality can be of help in establishing a public health policy, related with suicide prevention. This is an epidemiologic study based on forensic evidence. We studied the deaths caused by(More)
BACKGROUND There are only a few reports on issues related to patient transfer from medical and surgical departments to the psychiatric ward by the consultation-liaison psychiatry service, although it is a common practice. Here, we present a study assessing the factors that influence such transfers. METHOD We examined the demographic and clinical(More)
BACKGROUND No studies have been conducted in Greece with the aim of investigating the influence of ethnicity on the prescribing and treatment outcome of voluntarily admitted inpatients. Most studies conducted in the UK and the US, both on inpatients and outpatients, focus on the dosage of antipsychotics for schizophrenic patients and many suffer from(More)
BACKGROUND Research on length of stay (LOS) of psychiatric inpatients is an under-investigated issue. In this naturalistic study factors which affect LOS of two groups of patients were investigated, focusing on the impact on LOS of medical comorbidity severe enough to require referral. METHODS Active medical comorbidity was quantified using referral as(More)
PURPOSE OF REVIEW Recent literature has increased awareness of the physical health problems that affect mental-health patients. The close association of psychiatric departments with other medical departments can lead to improved communication and support between all medical specialties. This review assesses the impact these developments have on the physical(More)
As we end the second decade with AIDS, profound changes in our understanding of its aetiology, mechanism of disease and its treatment have led to significant improvements in survival, disease progression and quality of life for those individuals with HIV infection who are fortunate enough to have access to health care and to treatments for the infection and(More)
BACKGROUND Whether differences exist between those who do leave a suicide note and those who do not has not yet been comprehensively answered. Leaving a suicide note is not a random phenomenon: A minority, varying between 3-42%, of all suicide victims leave a note. AIMS To compare the group of suicide victims who leave notes with the ones who do not,(More)
BACKGROUND Malformations of the cerebral cortex are often associated with developmental delay and psychoses. Porencephaly is a rare congenital disorder of central nervous system involving a cyst or a cavity filled with cerebrospinal fluid, in brain's parenchyma. CASE PRESENTATION We present a 25 years old woman with her first psychotic episode. She also(More)