Lütfullah Beşiroğlu

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OBJECTIVE To investigate the comparative efficacy of aripiprazole and risperidone as augmenting agents in the treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) patients who did not show a ≥35% decrease in the Yale-Brown Obsessive-Compulsive Scale (Y-BOCS) after 12-week monotherapy with selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). METHODS The study(More)
Inconsistent results have been found in the studies evaluating the effect of both total and partial sleep deprivation (SD) on mood in healthy subjects and a few variables have been analyzed as possible predictors. In the present study, we examined whether circadian preference modifies the effect of SD on mood changes in healthy subjects. Sample consisted of(More)
OBJECTIVES Recently, there has been a growing interest in the relationship between sleep disturbances and suicidality in major depression. Sleep disturbances are one of the 'modifiable risks' for suicide in major depression. The present study examines whether there is a relationship among nightmares, suicide attempts, and melancholic features in unipolar(More)
BACKGROUND We aimed to investigate the correlates of major depressive disorder (MDD) occurring after the onset of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). METHODS Forty-three OCD patients who developed MDD after the onset of OCD (OCD-MDD group) and 67 OCD patients without MDD (non-MDD, NMDD group) were compared with regard to sociodemographic characteristics,(More)
It has been commonly recognized that circadian rhythm and sleep/wake cycle are causally involved in bipolar disorder. There has been a paucity of systematic research considering the relations between sleep and mood states in bipolar disorder. The current study examines the possible influences of sleep deprivation on mood states and endocrine functions among(More)
OBJECTIVE To examine serum lipid levels in patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and to test whether panic symptoms affect lipid concentrations in OCD patients. METHODS We assessed 33 OCD patients and 33 healthy control subjects matched for sex and age. RESULTS OCD patients had higher low-density lipoprotein, very-low-density lipoprotein,(More)
OBJECTIVE Many physiological and pathological processes, such as infections, environmental toxins, and ionizing radiation increase bodily concentrations of oxidizing substances, known as free radicals, which lead to neurodegenerative disorders. Sleep is one of the most important factors contributing to health; however, insomnia is among the most prevalent(More)
OBJECTIVE There is mounting evidence indicating that oxidative and inflammatory processes may have an important role in the pathogenesis of panic disorder (PD). PD is a heterogeneous disease, and panic attacks are divided according to the different symptom clusters as respiratory, nocturnal, non-fearful, cognitive, or vestibular subtypes. The aim of this(More)
A majority of individuals with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) do not seek health care. To better understand why not, health care-seekers (HCS) with OCD (n = 25) were compared with non-health care-seekers (NHCS) with OCD (n = 23) regarding their sociodemographic variables, symptom severity, types of obsessions and compulsions, insight degree, comorbid(More)
BACKGROUND Many patients who remit fully/partially or recover from an episode of major depression continue to suffer from sleep problems, mainly insomnia. Our study assesses the frequency and types of ongoing or re-emerging subjective insomnia symptoms and their relationship to subsequent depressive relapse or recurrence in a group of full/partial remitters(More)