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BACKGROUND Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a complex mental disease associated with severe serious functional impairment, affective instability, and impulsive aggression. The aim of this study was to compare the efficacy of topiramate versus placebo in the treatment of aggression in men with borderline personality disorder. METHODS We conducted(More)
Borderline personality disorder is a common and severe psychiatric illness. The goal of this study was to determine whether topiramate can influence patients' borderline psychopathology, health-related quality of life, and interpersonal problems. Women meeting the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition Structured Clinical(More)
OBJECTIVE The goal of this study was to compare the efficacy and safety of topiramate versus placebo in the treatment of aggression in women who meet the criteria for borderline personality disorder. METHOD We conducted a double-blind, placebo-controlled study of topiramate in 29 female subjects (response rate 93.5%) meeting SCID (Structured Clinical(More)
AIM To assess the perpetrators of sexual abuse in childhood, forms of simultaneous abuse, and characteristics of the families of origin, and the possible effects of abuse on health in adult life. METHODS A cross sectional study conducted between 1998 and 2002 included a random group of 936 inpatients (723 women) aged (mean+/-standard deviation) 41.0+/-2.5(More)
The ICD-10-Symptom-Rating (ISR) is a self-rating questionnaire for patients. According to its conceptualization, the instrument was developed to closely represent the syndrome structure of the ICD-10 while assessing the extent of psychological distress an individual suffers from. The results of different factor analyses testing the postulated syndrome(More)
OBJECTIVES Although psychosomatic in-patient treatment is effective, 5-10% of the patients deteriorate. Providing patient progress feedback and clinical support tools to therapists improves the outcome for patients at risk of deterioration in counseling, outpatient psychotherapy, and substance abuse treatment. This study investigated the effects of feedback(More)
OBJECTIVES In previous studies of patients on-track to recovery (OT) involving therapists receiving only patient progress feedback without clinical support tools (CST) inconsistent results were found. Possible effects of combining patient progress feedback with CST on OT patients remain unclear. METHODS At intake (t1), 252 patients of two in-patient(More)
Whether the primary motivation for entering therapy significantly influences the results of inpatient psychotherapeutic treatment is subject to debate. The purpose of this study was to examine this question in women with generalized anxiety disorder. The monitored results from 54 female inpatients (29 who were highly motivated to enter therapy and 25 who(More)
OBJECTIVE Extreme obesity causes grave psychosocial and psychopathological problems in addition to somatic morbidity. One possible treatment is gastric banding, a surgical reduction of stomach volume. The aim of this study was to investigate whether gastric banding leads to lasting change in: 1) the Body Mass Index (BMI); 2) social factors such as work and(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of the current study was to test the influence of topiramate on behavior, body weight, and health-related quality of life (HRQOL) in bulimic patients. METHOD Thirty patients with bulimia nervosa were treated with topiramate in a 10-week randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study. The subjects were randomly assigned to receive(More)