Deidre E Williams

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The care of patients who suffer from physical pain and a psychiatric illness is typically challenging because of the complex interplay of affective, behavioral, cognitive, and physical aspects of pain. Psychiatrists are often asked to evaluate patients with pain because of a concern for comorbid depression and anxiety, and fears of suicidality as a result(More)
Psychosocial factors affect the development of coronary heart disease and morbidity and mortality of patients with known coronary heart disease. A prior study has shown that psychological distress in patients with known coronary heart disease increased medical and economic costs. This study examined the effects of commonly available psychological(More)
Thirteen patients with stiff-man syndrome (SMS) were studied with the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI), the Self-Administered Alcoholism Screening Test (SAAST), the State-Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI) profiles, and by telephone interviews. The mean MMPI, SAAST, and STAI were within normal limits; however, several patients had abnormal(More)
BACKGROUND Stiff-man syndrome is a rare central nervous system disease first described nearly 40 years ago. Its cause has been attributed to both neurologic and psychiatric processes. In recent years, it has been accepted as a neurologic condition in which the gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) system malfunctions, probably because of an autoimmune process.(More)
The relation between personality characteristics and the psychological functioning of headache patients has long been a topic of interest. Early investigations focused on clinical and anecdotal reports while recent research has moved toward a more objective evaluation of headache groups by using the MMPI. However, the findings from diverse studies have not(More)
(1998). AIDS risk behavior in opioid dependent patients treated with community reinforcement approach and relationships with psychiatric disorders. Prevalence of somatic indicators of distress in diabetes patients: comparison to psychiatric patients and community nonpatients. Int. A long-term follow-up study of a cohort of referrals to an adult mental(More)
Multiple psychophysiological measures and personality assessment techniques were combined to facilitate the diagnosis of headache type and improve upon existing methodology. Twenty-four migraine, 24 chronic tension headache patients, and 24 normal age- and gender-matched controls were assessed with bilateral measures of frontalis and occipitalis EMG and(More)
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