Joyce Whittington

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OBJECTIVES Evidence is accumulating that positive mental states are more than the absence of symptoms, and may play an independent role in health outcomes. The aim of this study is to compare the characteristics and determinants of positive and negative mental states in a population sample. DESIGN A novel analysis of data was undertaken from the General(More)
In a population-based study of Prader Willi syndrome (PWS), we investigated the relation between genetic subtypes of the syndrome and psychiatric morbidity. Of 25 patients aged 18 years or older, seven (28%) had severe affective disorder with psychotic features, with a mean age of onset of 26 years (SD 5.9). The seven people affected, all aged 28 years or(More)
BACKGROUND Obsessive-compulsive disorder has been reported in association with Prader-Willi syndrome. AIMS To report the nature and prevalence of compulsive and similar symptoms associated with Prader-Willi syndrome in a population ascertained as completely as possible. METHOD Attempted complete ascertainment of people with Prader-Willi syndrome in(More)
BACKGROUND Psychotic illness is strongly associated with the maternal uniparental disomy (mUPD) genetic subtype of Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS), but not the deletion subtype (delPWS). This study investigates the clinical features of psychiatric illness associated with PWS. We consider possible genetic and other mechanisms that may be responsible for the(More)
The medical findings from a population-based study of Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS) are discussed (in which birth incidence of PWS was estimated at 1:22,000 and death rate at over 3% per annum). In this study the prevalence of specific medical disorders that might account for a shortened life expectancy were investigated. Of all people with a possible(More)
BACKGROUND Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS) is a genetic disorder resulting in obesity, short stature, cryptorchidism, learning disabilities (mental retardation) and severe neonatal hypotonia. Associated with the syndrome are a number of behaviours that are sufficiently distinctive that the syndrome is considered to have a specific 'behavioural phenotype'. (More)
As part of the Health and Lifestyle Survey (HALS), 6096 adults from a representative sample of community residents completed a standardized questionnaire which elicited psychiatric symptoms--the General Health Questionnaire (GHQ-30) of Goldberg (1972). Their survival status at 7 years was determined, and 474 had died. Respondents whose GHQ score was above(More)
The paper of Anderson et al. (1993), based on cross-sectional data, showed that minor psychiatric disorder in a population is linearly related to the mean number of psychiatric symptoms in the population. The present investigation asks whether the same relationship holds longitudinally as well as cross-sectionally. Data from a 7-year follow-up of a general(More)
Prader Willi Syndrome (PWS) is a neuro-genetic disorder. It has been reported that cases due to paternal deletion 15q11-13 (Del) behave differently to cases due to uniparental disomy (UPD). Comparison of the two forms of PWS has, to date, not included the frequency of autistic behaviours, even though there are reports of an association between maternal(More)
OBJECTIVE Paternal deletion and maternal uniparental disomy are the principal genetic subtypes associated with Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS). Recent clinical findings suggest differences in phenotype between these subtypes. The present experimental study addresses this issue using a cognitive psycho-physiological setup. METHODS Behaviour and event-related(More)