Herman Walter Pretorius

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OBJECTIVE This 6-week, randomized, double-blind study evaluated efficacy and safety of adjunctive extended-release (XR) quetiapine in patients with major depressive disorder (MDD) and an inadequate response to >or= 1 antidepressant. METHOD Male or female patients aged 18 to 65 years with DSM-IV-TR MDD were randomly assigned to receive quetiapine XR (150(More)
Founder populations hold tremendous promise for mapping genes for complex traits, as they offer less genetic and environmental heterogeneity and greater potential for genealogical research. Not all founder populations are equally valuable, however. The Afrikaner population meets several criteria that make it an ideal population for mapping complex traits,(More)
In a previous study early non-psychotic deviant behaviors in US adult schizophrenic patients recruited for a large-scale genetic study were examined (Psychiatry Research, 101, 101). Early deviance characterized a distinct subgroup of patients at rates that were consistent with earlier reports. In addition, specific early non-psychotic deviant behaviors were(More)
OBJECTIVE There is evidence of variation in the prevalence of co-morbid obsessive-compulsive disorder in schizophrenia amongst ethnic groups. This study evaluated the lifetime prevalence and clinical characteristics of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)/ obsessive-compulsive symptoms (OCS) in Afrikaner schizophrenic and schizoaffective disorder patients.(More)
Objective: To determine and compare the incidence of early non-psychotic deviant behaviour (i.e. under the age of ten) in Afrikaner patients with bipolar disorder, schizo-affective disorder and schizophrenia. Methods: Patients with bipolar disorder, schizo-affective disorder and schizophrenia were interviewed using a structured questionnaire probing for(More)
A hemizygous deletion of the q11 band on chromosome 22 occurs in 1 of every 5,950 live births (0.017%). The deletion is mediated by low copy repeats (LCRs) flanking this locus. Presence of the deletion is associated with variable phenotypic expression, which can include distinctive facial dysmorphologies, congenital heart disease and learning disabilities.(More)
Other methods for the treatment of anxiety are discussed--psychotherapeutic, behavioural and pharmacological. Among the psychotherapeutic methods are psychoanalytical and supportive therapy, psycho-education, cognitive therapy and paradoxical intention. Behaviour- modifying methods include systematic desensitization, flooding, thought blocking and(More)
The clinical characteristics of an Afrikaner founder population sample recruited for a schizophrenia genetic study are described. Comparisons on several clinical characteristics between this sample and a U.S. sample of schizophrenia patients show that generalization of findings in a founder population to the population at large is applicable. The assessment(More)
This study investigated the relationship between attempted suicide, personality factors and brief recurrent depression. Over a period of 1 year, the demographic and psychiatric factors of 307 patients who had attempted suicide and subsequently been hospitalised at H. F. Verwoerd Hospital and referred to its Department of Psychiatry were recorded. Their(More)
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