Ciğdem Aydemir

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Neuroplastic processes are thought to be involved in the pathophysiology of many psychiatric disorders, including major depression. It has been hypothesized that the brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BNDF), a key factor in neuroplasticity, is associated with depressive disorders. Our study evaluated the pre- and post-treatment levels of BDNF in a group of(More)
OBJECTIVE Some evidence indicates that an immune response with an increased production of proinflammatory cytokines often accompanies major depression. The objective of this study was to examine the serum levels of IL-6 in patients with major depression and the changes occurring in IL-6 levels during treatment with selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors(More)
OBJECTIVES Vitamin D deficiency is one of the implicated factors in ethio-pathogenesis of schizophrenia. Low serum vitamin D levels have been reported in many schizophrenia studies. However, the question is still not answered: Is there a correlation between disease activity and serum vitamin D levels? This is the first study evaluating the relationship(More)
Objective. Several neurological abnormalities can be found at a greater frequency in patients with schizophrenia, including neurological soft signs (NSS) and signs of the "pyramidal" and "extrapyramidal" systems. We aimed to explore the frequency of movement disorders in patients with antipsychotic naïve schizophrenia and to compare and contrast with(More)
Tianeptine, an atypical tricyclic antidepressant, is one of the first chemical agents, like tricyclic antidepressants and selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRIs), which are employed for the treatment of anxiety and depressive disorders. It is believed that tianeptine, unlike the SSRIs, is enhancing serotonin re-uptake the velocity of the cortical(More)
OBJECTIVE It is well known that bipolar disorder has familial transmission. Studies indicate that first-degree relatives of bipolar patients also have higher incidences of other mental disorders than the general population. The aim of this study is to determine the prevalence of mental disorders in the parents of bipolar patients. METHOD Parents of 35(More)
OBJECTIVE Suicide is defined as ending ones life with his own will. It is the most frequent reason of death in psychiatry and accepted as tragic since it can be the cause of young peoples deaths. In this study patients with recent suicide attempt were compared with major depression patients without suicide history and the control group by means of emotional(More)
OBJECTIVE This research compared the demographic features, presence of confusion, and long-term follow-up results of women with postpartum psychosis to control subjects. METHOD The study included 23 patients with symptoms that emerged in the six-month period after delivery who were followed-up between 1998 and 2006. The control group consisted of 25 age-(More)
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