Berna Pehlivantürk

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BACKGROUND Autism is a developmental disorder of unknown etiology. Sensitivity to dietary and environmental antigens has been considered in its pathogenesis. AIM To examine immediate hypersensitivity in early childhood autism. METHODS We investigated 30 autistic children (23 boys, seven girls 2-4 years old) for atopic history, serum IgG, IgA, IgM, IgE(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess the outcome of conversion disorder in children and adolescents and to identify factors affecting the prognosis. METHOD Forty adolescents with conversion disorder were reevaluated 4 years after their initial interview. Changes in demographic and clinical data and the presence of any mood and anxiety disorders were recorded using the(More)
The aim of this study was to determine some of the demographical and clinical characteristics of conversion disorder in children and adolescents and to ascertain comorbidity with depressive and anxiety disorders. For this purpose 51 children and adolescents (mean age: 13.2 +/- 1.9, range: 9-16 years) who met DSM-IV criteria for conversion disorder were(More)
Although encopresis is a common and complex disorder, relatively few studies have evaluated the comorbid psychiatric disorders in this condition. This study was performed to investigate the comorbid psychiatric disorders in encopresis. One hundred and sixty boys (79.6%) and 41 girls (20.4%) fulfilled the diagnostic criteria for encopresis according to(More)
In this study we attempted to investigate the outcome of encopresis and to determine factors affecting prognosis. The sample consisted of 52 boys (77.6%) and 15 girls (22.4%) diagnosed as encopresis according to DSM IV diagnostic criteria. These patients were evaluated six years after their initial examination in the Department of Child Psychiatry. Clinical(More)
Autistic disorder is a neuropsychiatric disorder which begins in the first years of life with delays and deviance in social, communicative and cognitive development and with restricted repertoire of activities and interests. It is thought that autistic children do not form attachments to parents or caregivers because of their difficulties in social(More)
Anorexia Nervosa (AN) is an eating disorder of puberty or adolescence. It is characterized by self-induced weight loss; various psychological disturbances including distorted body image, fear of obesity, active pursuit of thinness and loss of recognition of a number of body enteroreceptive sensations; and secondary physiological abnormalities. The treatment(More)
We present a case of remitting brief psychotic disorder in a 15 year old male, who had 4 phenomenologically alike episodes consisting of the following symptoms; sudden onset, unstructured delusions, hallucinations, clouding of consciousness, and a rapid return to his premorbid level of functioning. No evidence was found indicating a metabolic disease or a(More)
OBJECTIVE This study examined social behaviors related to attachment in children with autistic disorder and the differences in these behaviors from those observed in developmentally disabled children. Additionally, we aimed to investigate the relationship between attachment behaviors and clinical variables, such as age, cognitive development, severity of(More)
Intractable sneezing is not a commonly encountered disorder. The clinical presentation of such patients may cause the physician to undertake several tests before making a diagnosis. Are the performed analytic tests a waste of the health service funds or are they really sufficient? In this case, after undergoing several tests to rule out potential causes of(More)
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