Donatella Moliterno

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INTRODUCTION Schizophrenia is associated with a significant risk of suicide: 40-50% of schizophrenic patients report suicidal ideation at some point in their lives, and 4-13% eventually commit suicide. In order to be able to predict and prevent suicide in schizophrenic patients, it is necessary to investigate and characterise suicide victims who meet the(More)
OBJECTIVE To examine the predictors of aggressive behaviours occurring before acute hospitalisation. METHODS We analysed 350 acute admissions to a psychiatric ward during a 12-month period. The diagnoses were formulated according to the DSM IV axis I and II criteria. Aggressive behaviours occurring in the week before admission were retrospectively(More)
INTRODUCTION Anxiety disorders are considered the most common mental disorders and they can increase the risk for comorbid mood and substance use disorders, significantly contributing to the global burden of disease. For this reason, anxiolytics are the most prescribed psychoactive drugs, particularly in the Western world. AREAS COVERED This review aims(More)
In the present study we extract clusters of symptoms in acute hospitalized psychotic patients during a re-exacerbation phase, using factor analysis of BPRS-E. We aim to investigate the relative contribution of each symptom dimension in predicting the severity of symptoms at discharge, the length of acute hospitalization, and the occurrence of aggressive(More)
The aim of this study was to compare the effects of different antipsychotics on depressive symptoms in schizophrenic patients. The data were drawn from a retrospective, naturalistic, observational study in which 222 subjects diagnosed as being affected by schizophrenia during a re-exacerbation phase received 6 weeks of monotherapy with fluphenazine(More)
BACKGROUND Quetiapine apparently differs from other antipsychotic drugs in terms of its antidepressant activity and efficacy in bipolar depression. The mechanism of this activity is unknown although it may be mediated by its metabolite N-desalkylquetiapine (norquetiapine). OBJECTIVE The aim of the study was to analyse the relationships between quetiapine(More)
Acute psychotic episodes represent critical situations during the course of schizophrenia. Olanzapine (OLZ), a second-generation antipsychotic, is efficacious in acute settings at dosages of 5 to 20 mg/d, and it can be considered a first-line treatment for patients with an acute episode of schizophrenia. The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy(More)
INTRODUCTION This prospective study was performed to evaluate clinical efficacy and tolerability of olanzapine long-acting injection (OLZ-LAI) and the relation between OLZ plasma level (PL) and the clinical outcome in maintenance therapy of schizophrenia. MATERIAL AND METHODS Twenty-five chronic schizophrenic outpatients with age ranging from 18 to 65(More)
In the present study we extract clusters of symptoms in acute hospitalized patients affected by Schizophrenia, using factor analysis of BPRS-E. We aim to explore the relationship between symptom dimensions, duration of hospitalization, and clinical outcome, in order to test if the depressive dimension might contribute significantly to predict the outcome.(More)
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