Françoise Assouly-Besse

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Numerous data support the hypothesis that dopamine (DA) plays a crucial role in reward-related processes and in incentive learning in animals and man. The possibility that various neuroleptics exhibiting a high affinity for the dopaminergic D2 (and D3) receptors could reinforce DA transmission was studied using the conditioned place preference paradigm(More)
The existence of two subtypes of schizophrenia (positive and negative) is well established. The evidence in favor of other subtypes, particularly a disorganized subtype, is still the subject of some debate. The aim of the study reported in this article is to investigate the possibility of further subtypes of schizophrenia by applying a particular method of(More)
Whereas Chapman's social and physical scales are the most used instruments for the assessment of anhedonia in schizophrenia, no French translation has been still validated by the authors. Therefore, the aim of this study was first to translate into French the both scales, and after back translation, to obtain the agreement of the original authors. Second,(More)
We assessed the subjective quality of life (QOL) of 30 deficit schizophrenic patients compared to 112 nondeficit schizophrenic patients. The deficit patients did not differ in term of QOL, total score of positive symptoms, general psychopathology from the nondeficit patients. This result suggested an absence of impact of primary negative symptoms on the(More)
AIM The World Health Organization has defined quality of life as "the perception of an individual, his/her place in life, in the context of the culture and the system of values in which he/she lives and in relation to his/her objectives, expectations, standards and concerns". The quality of life of the schizophrenic patients has been largely studied for the(More)
Taking into account the wellknown frequency of depressive and extrapyramidal symptoms in schizophrenia and the rare studies about their evolution, several questions can be raised: How do these different symptoms move? Are there specific characters of each of them? First, stability of negative symptoms evaluated by the Scale for the Assessment of Negative(More)
Polydipsia can be defined as an impulsive behavior leading to absorption of large amounts of water (4 to 20 litres a day), without any underlying organic disease. Its prevalence in a population of chronic psychiatric patients can be as high as 6 to 17%. Schizophrenia represents 80% of cases reported. Some patients with polydipsia may develop hyponatremia,(More)
With a polydiagnostic approach of schizophrenia in mind, the authors present, in french language, a computer-diagnostic instrument, essential for any research at the present time. This includes a 183-item checklist constructed from 14 diagnostic systems for schizophrenia and from Chronic Hallucinatory Psychosis (CHP), a typically french diagnostic entity,(More)
This study was performed in the psychiatric emergency unit of René-Dubos General Hospital (Pontoise, France). Two cases of female patients with motor deficiencies suggesting a diagnosis of conversion disorder because of preceding psychological stressors and lability of symptoms, are presented. In both cases, the diagnosis was reconsidered after the use of(More)