Eline J. Regeer

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OBJECTIVE The Netherlands Mental Health Survey and Incidence Study (NEMESIS) is a Dutch population study using a fully structured interview (Composite International Diagnostic Interview, CIDI), administered by trained interviewers. Based on all three assessments of NEMESIS, 2.4% of the respondents were identified with lifetime bipolar disorder (DSM-III-R).(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess the societal costs and quality of life of patients suffering from bipolar disorder in the Netherlands. METHOD Forty persons with a lifetime diagnosis of bipolar disorder (SCID/DSM-IV) and representative for the Dutch general population were interviewed to collect data on direct (use of medical resources) and indirect (productivity(More)
In this paper we examined whether manic and depressive dimensions independently contribute to mental health service use and determined the degree of comorbidity between manic and depressive dimensions in individuals with and without mental health service use. If both depressive and manic episodes independently influence help-seeking behaviour, a higher(More)
Bipolar mood disorders affect 2-4% of the population and have a high rate of recurrence. Manic and depressive episodes can be severe, and despite treatment there are often more residual symptoms and functional impairment between episodes than generally assumed. In recent years some advances have been made in pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy. However,(More)
BACKGROUND Lithium-induced hyperparathyroidism (LIH) is a relative underrecognized complication of long-term lithium treatment. Hypercalcemia may be the first, but often overlooked, sign of LIH. Symptoms of LIH can be similar to the underlying psychiatric illness, which may cause a significant doctor's delay in diagnosing LIH. The aim of this study was to(More)
BACKGROUND Previous work suggests that subthreshold depression and subthreshold (hypo)mania are common, although little is known about the prognosis in terms of transition to clinical disorder. This paper presents data on the temporal relationship between subthreshold and clinical expression of mood phenotypes. METHOD In a random general population sample(More)
BACKGROUND Bipolar disorder is often underdiagnosed and undertreated. Its detection and correct diagnosis highly relies on the report of past hypomanic or manic episodes. We investigated the recognition and awareness of past hypomanic and manic episodes in a sample of respondents with bipolar disorder selected from a general population study. METHODS In a(More)
BACKGROUND Schizophrenia is associated with lower intelligence and poor educational performance relative to the general population. This is, to a lesser degree, also found in first-degree relatives of schizophrenia patients. It is unclear whether bipolar disorder I (BD-I) patients and their relatives have similar lower intellectual and educational(More)
A 30-year-old woman who simulated a psychosis and threatened to commit infanticide and suicide was forcibly admitted to an acute psychiatric unit under the Mental Health Act. She was discharged an hour later after confessing that she had feigned illness. In this article we discuss the subject of feigned illness (malingering) and its clinical aspects in the(More)