Francesco Rotella

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OBJECTIVE The present meta-analysis aimed to assess the risk of incident diabetes associated with clinical depression, depressive symptoms, or both in nondiabetic subjects. DATA SOURCES We performed a MEDLINE search for studies published in the English language using the search string diabetes AND (depression OR antidepressant). The search included(More)
Depression is a common psychiatric condition characterized by affective, cognitive, psychomotor, and neurovegetative symptoms that interfere with a person's ability to work, study, deal with interpersonal relationships, and enjoy once-pleasurable activities. After the serendipitous discovery of the first antidepressants, for years the only pharmacodynamic(More)
BACKGROUND Body image distortion is a core symptom of eating disorders. Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) studies on body image processing, described different patterns of neural response, mainly involving the inferior and superior parietal lobules, and the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (DLPFC), with conflicting results. METHODS The neural(More)
BACKGROUND Childhood traumatic events and functional abnormalities of the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis have been widely reported in psychiatric patients, although neither is specific for any diagnosis. Among the limited number of studies that have evaluated these topics, none has adopted a trans-diagnostic approach. The aim of the present(More)
In the last few decades, there has been a long debate on the existence of agoraphobia (AG) without a history of panic attacks (PAs). In the present study, the problem of the relationships between AG and PAs is addressed trough a reevaluation of the cases who had been diagnosed with AG in the community survey of Sesto Fiorentino. Forty-one of the 75 subjects(More)
The paper deals with the minimum case where the order of the observer and the number of observed variables are equal. The results are deduced from the analysis of the necessary and sufficient existence conditions for an asymptotic observer. A constructive procedure for the design of a minimum linear functional observer for a linear time-varying linear(More)
Depression is a disabling condition which adversely affects a person's family, social and work life, and that is associated with a heavy burden to society. Although the available antidepressants have shown their effectiveness and have greatly improved the prognosis of the disorder, the current management of depression is far from being satisfactory. In the(More)
OBJECTIVES The relationship between emotional states and eating behaviors is complex, and emotional eating has been identified as a possible factor triggering binge eating in bulimia nervosa (BN) and binge eating disorder. Few studies considered emotional eating in patients with anorexia nervosa. METHODS The present study evaluated the clinical correlates(More)
The DSM-IV classification of Eating Disorders (EDs) identifies clinical entities showing considerable overlap and diagnostic instability across time. Latent profile analysis (LPA) allows the identification of underlying groups of individuals according to their patterned responses across a set of features. LPA was applied to data regarding EDs symptoms of a(More)
BACKGROUND Few long-term follow-up studies have evaluated the response to psychotherapeutical interventions in anorexia nervosa (AN). The effectiveness of individual cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and the possible predictors of outcome in outpatients suffering from threshold and subthreshold AN (s-AN) were evaluated. METHODS At the beginning (T0) and(More)