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Ten outpatients who complained of physical symptoms, without organic pathology, were treated with brief dynamic psychotherapy. Outcome ratings were provided by independent assessors at the end of therapy and 2 years post treatment. Improvement criteria included symptoms, adaptive functioning, and specific internal predispositions. The results showed that(More)
The perceptibility of face, scrambled face, and single-feature stimuli was investigated in three experiments. Stimuli were presented tachistoscopically, followed by a visual noise mask and a forced-choice test of one of three features (eyes, nose, and mouth). In Experiment I, two processing strategies which have been proposed for word perception (involving(More)
BACKGROUND High stress levels and mental health problems are common among medical students and there is a lack of studies on group interventions that aim to reduce such distress during medical school. METHODS A full class of students (n = 129) participated in group sessions during their third year of medical school in Bergen, Norway. The subsequent(More)
This paper deals with psychiatric comorbidity among 60 women problem drinkers treated in a specialized women-only treatment programme (EWA) at Karolinska Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden. The programme attracts women who have not been previously treated for alcohol problems. The methods used were structured interviews (SCID-I and SCID-II) applied at least 10(More)
Drinking patterns, psychiatric comorbidity and personality disorders (PD) at intake and at a 2-year follow-up were studied in 120 female alcoholics early in their treatment career. At follow-up, the women had improved their drinking patterns, but their mental health still differed significantly from women of the general population. Psychiatric comorbidity(More)
The study focuses on the relationship between phobic anxiety and depression, alcohol abuse, treatment and drinking outcome in female alcoholics. A structural equation analysis (LISREL) was used to test the strength and direction of predictor variables, enabling the development of models for the process of change taking place following treatment.(More)
BACKGROUND High levels of stress and deteriorating mental health among medical students are commonly reported. In Bergen, Norway, we explored the impact of personality traits measured early in their curriculum on stress reactions and levels of depression and anxiety symptoms as junior physicians following graduation. METHODS Medical students (n = 201)(More)
The interrater reliability of data obtained by use of the Karolinska Psychodynamic Profile (KAPP) was tested among 60 women seeking treatment for drinking problems. The first rater had a psychodynamic background but was minimally trained rating the KAPP subscales and performing KAPP interviews. Independent, blind ratings of audiotaped interviews by an(More)
AIMS Women treated for alcohol addiction have mortality rates three to five times those of women from the general population (GP). However, these figures may be inflated because socially disadvantaged women with advanced drinking careers are over-represented in previous studies. Our aim was to study the long-term mortality of socially relatively(More)
BACKGROUND One hundred twenty women alcoholics recruited to a treatment program called EWA (Early Treatment for Women With Alcohol Addiction) were studied. The selected women were not previously treated for alcohol abuse. METHODS The women were followed up by use of a structured personal interview, biomarkers sensitive for alcohol abuse (i.e., glutamyl(More)