Filip Bauwens

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Mood disorders are characterized by manic and depressive episodes alternating with normal mood. While social function is heavily impaired during episodes of illness, there are conflicting opinions about inter-episode function. The present paper focuses on self-esteem and social adjustment in remitted mood disorders patients. Patients with mood disorders (99(More)
Unipolar and bipolar patients with a chronic illness pattern were investigated to evaluate the relevance of clinical and psychosocial risk factors to predict subsequent recurrence. Self-esteem, social adjustment, social support and attributional style were assessed in 27 recovered bipolar patients, 24 recovered unipolar patients maintained on lithium or(More)
The hypothesis of a low self-esteem in depressive patients was tested using the Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale in 24 recovered unipolar and 27 recovered bipolar patients, compared with a normal control group of 26 subjects matched for age and sex. The hypothesis was confirmed only for unipolars; bipolar patients presented a self-esteem score not significantly(More)
A total of 21 recovered bipolar patients on prophylactic treatment were prospectively followed up for a period of 1 year. Data for major recurrences were retrospectively collected for an additional 3-year period. During the entire 4-year period, over half of the patients (52%) had no major affective recurrences. Eight patients experienced a major depressive(More)
Various areas of social adjustment were compared using the Social Adjustment Scale in 27 remitted bipolars, 24 remitted unipolars and 25 normal controls matched for age and sex. Scores for global adjustment and for social and leisure activities were significantly worse in patients than in controls. The maladjustment in social and leisure activities appeared(More)
BACKGROUND Unipolar and bipolar patients with a chronic illness pattern were investigated to determine whether they experienced a higher number of life events prior to the onset of recurrent affective episodes. METHOD The study participants consisted of 27 recovered bipolar patients, 24 recovered unipolar patients and 26 healthy control subjects. Life(More)
Attributional style was investigated in remitted affective disorder patients (23 unipolars and 26 bipolars) and 26 non-psychiatric controls. We found a specific cognitive vulnerability in unipolars. Unipolars attributed negative events to causes that were more stable--but not more internal nor more global--than bipolars and controls, and did not attach more(More)