Jutta Vollmann

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OBJECTIVE The authors' goal was to test the hypothesis that the antidepressant effect of total sleep deprivation can be maintained by initially avoiding sleep during a supposedly "critical" time period in the early morning. METHOD They studied 33 inpatients with major depression, melancholic type, all of whom responded positively to total sleep(More)
BACKGROUND Double sensitization (DS) to bee and vespid venom is frequently observed in the diagnosis of hymenoptera venom allergy, but clinically relevant DS is rare. Therefore it is sophisticated to choose the relevant venom for specific immunotherapy and overtreatment with both venoms may occur. We aimed to compare currently available routine diagnostic(More)
Sleep deprivation has been regarded as a beneficial treatment modality for about 60% of patients with Major Depressive Disorder. Unfortunately, however, more than 80% of the improved patients relapse into depression after the next night of sleep. In the present study we tried to prevent relapses into depression after successful total sleep deprivation (TSD)(More)
Total sleep deprivation (TSD) exerts beneficial but only transient effects on mood in approximately 60% of the patients with a major depressive disorder (MDD). The positive effect of TSD is generally reversed after the next night of sleep. A pilot study of our group indicated that a consecutive one week phase advance of the sleep phase stabilized mood in(More)
The common treatment modalities for depression, i.e. pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy have the significant disadvantage of at least a three- to four-week time lag between initiation of treatment and amelioration of mood. Total sleep deprivation (TSD) in contrast, leads to an immediate antidepressant effect in 60% of the patients. However, it has gained(More)
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